Berlin and Vienna Block EU Iran Sanctions

In an interview that appeared in the German daily Handelsblatt on Tuesday (Oct. 9), the Austrian Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik made public Austria’s opposition to French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s proposal for EU economic sanctions against Iran. According to previous reports in the German press, the German Foreign Ministry has been leading the opposition to the Sarkozy proposal. Plassnik met with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Berlin on Monday. “The basis for Iran sanctions are U.N. Security Council resolutions,” Plassnik told the Handelsblatt, “France is free to push for changes. Our position remains unchanged.” EU Foreign Ministers are scheduled to […]

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