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EU leaders adopt post-Madrid anti-terror package

European Union leaders adopted a raft of security measures in the wake of the Madrid train blasts, including the appointment of a new anti-terrorism coordinator. Ahern said they had agreed to appoint former Dutch deputy interior minister Gijs de Vries to the new job, known by some as a “terrorism tsar.” “We the European Union must be sure that everything that can be done to protect our citizens from the scourge of terrorism is done,” Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern, who was chairing the EU summit, told reporters. The EU leaders, adopting proposals from emergency interior ministers’ talks in the wake of the March 11 attacks, also agreed to boost intelligence-sharing, cut funding to extremists and adopt an all-for-one solidarity clause. But proposals for a European-style CIA failed to win support from countries like Britain and France which jealously guard their secret intelligence. Full Story

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