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World hoping for EU global warming deal

With the world watching, European Union leaders were under pressure Thursday to seal an ambitious deal slashing greenhouse gas emissions while their economies slide into a slowdown.

Source:  Copyright 2008, Associated Press
Date:  December 11, 2008
Byline:  Aoife White
Original URL: Status ONLINE


With the world watching, European Union leaders were under pressure Thursday to seal an ambitious deal slashing greenhouse gas emissions while their economies slide into a slowdown.

An EU deal could galvanize United Nations global climate talks that failed to make progress in Poznan, Poland, this week, just as a new U.S. administration gets ready to tackle global warming.

"I came from Poznan so I know that they are actually sitting and waiting for a European response," said Swedish Prime Minister Frederik Reinfeldt.

But several poorer eastern European nations were holding out on a detailed plan to meet the EU target led by coal-dependent Poland and cash-strapped Hungary.

Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende told reporters that those two nations took a hard line against a plan under which EU governments would share the burden of slashing industrial pollution.

Diplomats are suggesting giving eastern European countries a ...

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