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EU Big Five to Share Intelligence After Madrid

European Union ministers agreed on Friday to boost intelligence sharing as Europe faced the fact it may be a target for Muslim militants, but France made clear the EU’s big five states would control the flow. Interior and justice ministers, holding emergency talks on beefing up security after the Madrid train blasts, backed the appointment of a counter-terrorism coordinator to help clear obstacles to the EU’s fight against terrorism. Stressing practical cooperation, they shied away from grand proposals for a European CIA, preferring German and European Commission ideas for a board or “clearing house” through which countries would share intelligence on terrorism. As ministers met, a Belgian prosecutor announced that police had detained several suspected Islamic militants, including one wanted in connection with the 2003 bombings in Casablanca, Morocco, in a series of raids in Brussels, Antwerp and Tongres. Full Story

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