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EU external unity

The EU has failed its first test of external unity under the Lisbon Treaty. It is normal for governments to address messages of congratulation to heads of government/state after being democratically elected or confirmed. Such messages are usually synchronised in the EU, and this was agreed last week by EU ambassadors in Kiev in the case of President Jankovich.

However, some capitals – Paris, Riga and Tallinn – were apparently more eager than others to demonstrate their close links with the new head of government in Ukraine and ‘jumped the gun’

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