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EU: Bush To Discuss Environment At Summit

Goteborg Sweden; 14 June 2001 (RFE/RL) --U.S. President George W. Bush meets European Union leaders today at a U.S.-EU summit in Gothenburg, Sweden. The meeting is expected to focus on the environment, trade disputes between the U.S. and the EU, and Bush's support for the death penalty. Reports say the situation in Macedonia also may be discussed.

Bush is under criticism for his rejection in March of the Kyoto Protocol on cutting greenhouse gases blamed for global warming. He says the treaty is flawed.

Earlier this week, Bush proposed an alternative to the 1997 treaty, saying he will increase research and development and pursue diplomatic efforts to solve the problem.

Police in Gothenburg say they expect thousands of demonstrators to protest against Bush's environmental policies, globalization, and the death penalty.

Yesterday, Bush visited NATO headquarters in Brussels.

He said he believed he made good progress on persuading the NATO allies to accept his plans for a controversial missile defense system, despite signs of resistance from some of them.