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STRASBOURG : Growing Controversy

January 11, 1994

The European Parliament, meeting in plenary session beginning next Monday, plans to discuss expansion of the European Union, formerly known as the European Community.

A final decision may still be months away, but the proposal to add four new members to the 12-nation body--Finland, Austria, Norway, and Sweden--already has been the subject of negotiations and controversy on the continent.

Some EU members, such as Spain, worry that addition of the prosperous quartet will upset the delicate north-south balance of the organization. And, even within the borders of the new candidates, membership has been controversial.

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