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President Bush Begins Summit with European Union Leaders


President Bush has opened talks in Vienna with European Union leaders, a one-day summit expected to cover the war on terrorism, international trade and the Iranian nuclear stand-off.

Mr. Bush met this (Wednesday) morning with Austrian President Heinz Fischer, whose country holds the EU presidency.

The talks came ahead of a working lunch with Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana.

The European delegation has raised concerns about the U.S. military detention camp for suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The Europeans are expected to pressure Mr. Bush to soften his approach in the war on terror.

Mr. Barroso told the International Herald Tribune newspaper that the international community risks "losing our souls" if civil liberties and civil rights are curbed in the fight against terrorism.

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