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Flags of the European Union were sewn in a Belgrade workshop in 2005 despite anti-Western violence by nationalists and Serbian leaders' pledge to shelve attempts to join the EU. Now, however, the country appears determined to shed its negative aura and focus on joining the Continent's club of responsible Western democracies. (Associated Press)

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Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen speaks to the media in Dublin on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010, on the European Union's $113 billion bailout deal to help debt-struck Ireland with its banking crisis.

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President Obama during his arrival in Lisbon, Portugal, Friday, Nov. 19, 2010, for summits with NATO partners and the European Union. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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FILE - In this file photo of Sept. 11 2009 Elton John salutes the audience during his performance at the Piedigrotta festival in Naples. The European Union ordered Italy Friday Nov. 19, 2010 to repay it close to $1 million in EU funds used to stage an Elton John concert. The European Commission says Italy had no right to use EU funds for the 2009 concert in the city of Naples. EU spokesman Ton van Lierop said EU money can be used to promote culture but not if that means staging a one-off rock concert. "We have asked for our money back," he added. (AP Photo/Salvatore Laporta)

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US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is greeted by the members of the the Bosnian tri partite Presidency, Chairman Haris Silajdzic, second left, Nebojsa Radmanovic, second right, and Zeljko Komsic in Sarajevo, Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is pressing political reforms to the restive Balkans with the hope that such changes will lead to the region's full integration into the European Union and NATO. Secretary Clinton arrived late on Monday, in the capital of ethnically divided Bosnia-Herzegovina, which just held elections, to urge the country's new leadership to make EU membership a priority. (AP Photo/Mandel Ngan, Pool)

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US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is greeted by the members of the the Bosnian tri partite Presidency, Chairman Haris Silajdzic, left, Nebojsa Radmanovic, second right, and Zeljko Komsic in Sarajevo, Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is pressing political reforms to the restive Balkans with the hope that such changes will lead to the region's full integration into the European Union and NATO. Secretary Clinton arrived late on Monday, in the capital of ethnically divided Bosnia-Herzegovina, which just held elections, to urge the country's new leadership to make EU membership a priority. (AP Photo/Mandel Ngan, Pool)

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Simon Sharpe (center), the European Union's first secretary of political affairs in China, is confronted by a plainclothes security officer as he tries to enter a residential compound where Liu Xia, the wife of this year's Nobel Peace Prize winner, Liu Xiaobo, is held under house arrest in Beijing on Monday, Oct. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS French President Nicolas Sarkozy (left) speaks with Romanian President Traian Basescu during a roundtable meeting at an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday. A summit of government leaders seeking to mold a united European Union front on the global stage opened in disarray over France's expulsion of Gypsies and comparisons with World War II deportations.

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European Commissioner Vice President and Commissioner for Justice Viviane Reding speaks during a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010. Reding threatened France with legal action over the mass expulsions of Roma. France's deportations of Gypsies are "a disgrace" and probably break EU law, the European Union's executive body has declared, setting up a showdown with the government of French President Nicolas Sarkozy. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

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Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair (left), envoy of the Middle East Quartet, which comprises the United Nations, European Union, United States and Russia, meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010. Mr. Blair on Tuesday called on Israelis and Palestinians to bring serious proposals to a new round of peace talks set to start Sept. 2. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai, left, walks with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, center, and Catherine Ashton, the European Union foreign policy minister, right, to a group photo after an international conference at the Foreign Ministry in Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday, July 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel (left) and French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrive Monday at a news conference during a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin to prepare for a European Union summit later this week, amid speculation of a rift in German-French views on economic policy. Merkel welcomed Sarkozy to discuss a joint strategy on how to curb the debt crisis that has dragged down the common European currency and rattled economies across the continent. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** This 2007 file photo shows a sample of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, which are not tested on animals, according to its website. European Union leaders finally banned the sale of all cosmetics that rely on animal testing during development. (AP Photo/Bobbi Brown Cosmetics)

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** FILE ** European Union flags fly at half-mast in front of the European Commission headquarters in Brussels on Monday, April 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

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ROD LAMKEY JR./THE WASHINGTON TIMES C. Boyden Gray, former special envoy for EU affairs, tells The Washington Times on Thursday that the European Union is "trying to get the world to dance to their tune."