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EU Ministers Discuss Antiterrorism Measures

8 September 2005 -- EU interior and justice ministers gather in Newcastle in northern England today for two days of talks on how to fight terrorism.

Ahead of the meeting, British Home Secretary Charles Clarke urged EU officials to reevaluate the balance between human rights and security in the age of global terrorism.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair's government launched a crackdown on Islamic fundamentalism in the wake of the 7 July attacks on London's transportation system that left 56 people dead, including four suicide bombers.

But some of the proposed measures, such as deporting so-called preachers of hate -- even to countries with a reputation for torture -- have raised serious concerns from human rights lobby and civil liberties campaigners.