March 24, 2006 -- The leaders of the 25-nation European Union are meeting for a second day in Brussels with foreign-policy issues expected to dominate.
Reports said EU leaders could announce sanctions for Belarus, following last night's police crackdown on opposition demonstrators in Minsk.
Relations between the EU and the incoming Hamas government in the Palestinian territories are also on the agenda. The EU recently released 120 million euros ($144 million) to the Palestinian government but the bloc still officially defines Hamas as a terrorist group.
In the first day of talks on March 23, leaders agreed to coordinate their energy policies more closely but failed to approve an overall bloc-wide energy policy.