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Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

02.04.08: 'Old' and 'new' Europe divided at NATO Summit - 0 views

  • EU divisions were apparent on the eve of the NATO summit in Bucharest on 2-4 April with several heavyweights, including France, opposed to the planned Eastern expansion of the military alliance. EurActiv Romania contributed to this report from Bucharest.
  • Several EU heavyweights (Germany, France, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium) are opposed to such a project. 

    In the meantime, several representatives of the new EU members expressed their support for opening the NATO door to Kiev and Tbilisi.

  • French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said that President Nicolas Sarkozy would oppose the idea at the Summit in Bucharest. "France is not green-lighting Ukraine and Georgia's accession. Paris has a different opinion to that of the US on the matter", Fillon told France Inter Radio, quoted by Rompres.

    Romanian President Traian Basescu, who is hosting the largest-ever summit of NATO's 26 member states, stated that including Ukraine and Georgia in the MAP is "a logical step from the Romanian point of view". 

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