Zone of peace and harmony

European foreign ministers agreed Monday to drop any mention of the four candidate countries Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, and Turkey from the statement the leaders of the EU member states will issue after their meeting this week. Britain, which will take over the EU presidency for the second half of this year, opposed any reference to Croatia as long as retired general Gotovina was at large; Austria (a supporter of Croatia's membership) and France opposed any reference to Turkish membership, and in the end the ministers agreed on the smallest common denominator, as is customary in such declarations. Is this the grand vision for a zone of peace and stability? Or even just the common foreign policy?

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