- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 19, 2003

NORWAY
EU support leaps as enlargement nears
OSLO A record majority of Norwegians want to join the European Union, fearing being left out in the cold as the bloc prepares for enlargement, opinion-poll results showed on Friday.
Norwegians, wealthy thanks to North Sea oil and vast fishing resources, rejected membership in 1994 and 1972 referendums. But recent polls all show a warming attitude toward Brussels.
The poll by the Opinion Polling Institute for Aftenposten daily and NRK television showed 57 percent would vote in favor of joining the 15-member bloc if there were another referendum, 29 percent would vote against and 14 percent were undecided.
Ten countries, most in Eastern Europe, are scheduled to join the EU in 2004.

FRANCE
Tunnel link to Spain opened amid protests
PAU The Somport tunnel linking France and Spain through the Pyrenees Mountains officially opened Friday after 10 years of construction work, amid protests from locals and environmental activists.
French Transportation Minister Gilles de Robien and his Spanish counterpart, Francisco Alvarez-Cascos, cut the ribbon at the tunnel inauguration ceremony, in the presence of EU Transportation Commissioner Loyola de Palacio.
Environmental activists have decried the opening of the road link, saying the access roads leading to the tunnel cannot handle the expected increase in traffic.
The 5.5-mile tunnel cost about $293 million to build, but the access road on the French side will not be renovated until at least 2018.

SWEDEN
Bush's letters arrive a year late
STOCKHOLM Two letters from President Bush to Sweden's king and prime minister arrived more than a year late after they were held up in Washington because of the anthrax scare.
In the letter dated Oct. 23, 2001, to Prime Minister Goran Persson, Mr. Bush expressed thanks for Sweden's condolences after the September 11 attacks. It was delivered to the government's headquarters in Stockholm on Tuesday.
Keith Petersen, a spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm, said copies of the letters were sent to Mr. Persson and King Carl XVI Gustaf after officials realized the originals were held up by the anthrax investigation.

BRITAIN
Man kills himself with guillotine
LONDON A 36-year-old man killed himself with a homemade guillotine set up in his bedroom, police said Thursday. Boyd Taylor's body was found Monday by his father, also named Boyd, Northumbria police said.
Mr. Taylor rigged a timer to the device and apparently set it to kill him early Monday, police said, refusing to comment on reports that Mr. Taylor put a bed under the guillotine.
Neighbors had little information about the Taylors, who they said worked together in the construction business.


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