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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Latvia and Estonia sign VISA deals without EU

From Reuters:

The United States signed up Estonia and Latvia on Wednesday to bilateral deals that will lead to visa-free travel, risking further European Union ire a day ahead of EU-U.S. security talks...U.S. Secretary for Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, to meet European Justice and Security Commissioner Franco Frattini in Slovenia on Thursday, signed memoranda of understanding in the Estonian capital Tallinn and in the Latvian capital Riga...The European Commission and most old EU states say such deals infringe on the bloc's competence on visa and border policy, but some newer member states do not want to wait any longer for an EU-wide deal.

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