Summits,Venezuela: Aggravation in Athens


Ten nations in search of the ties that once bound

After four years of summit meetings held under the lengthening shadow of potential failure, the ten leaders of the European Community blundered last week into a diplomatic debacle they long had feared. At the end of three days of alternately listless and acrimonious negotiations in Athens, they found themselves unable to announce agreement on a single item of their long agenda. The key obstacle: the threat of bankruptcy for the Community unless there is an increase in member contributions to its common...

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