Reporter 401, 6 May 1997

EU explored

Five students from the School of International, Development and European Studies took part in a simulation of EU decision-making on the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) Preparatory Committee at the State University of New York.

The seminar was attended by around 200 students, some 50 from Europe, who specialise in European Union affairs and security. The Leeds students were asked to assume the roles of foreign ministers from Greece, Ireland, Italy and Spain and the French President Chirac.

The outcome of the discussions was predictable in places, notably the presence of a strong Franco-German alliance, but unusual in others: the United Kingdom for example, turned out to be highly cooperative.

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