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Friday, 15 June, 2001, 09:54 GMT 10:54 UK
Gothenburg summit
EU leaders gather in Europe for the Gothenburg summit
Expanding the European Union was high on the agenda as Europe's leaders met in Gothenburg for the final summit of Sweden's EU presidency. Plans to increase the number of member countries from 15 to 27 were thrown into disarray following Ireland's vote to reject the Nice Treaty. But the whole meeting was overshadowed by violent protests.


16 June 2001
Masked activists in Gothenburg
Masked activists in Gothenburg

There were futher confrontations between police and anti-capitalist protesters, when hundreds of police officers cleared a march. At the summit itself, EU leaders agreed a timetable for the countries of the East to join the Union.

The BBC's Justin Webb in Gothenburg


15 June 2001
Trouble flared in Gothenburg
Trouble flared in Gothenburg

Demonstrators battle heavily outnumbered police in Gothenburg, Sweden, as European Union leaders are holding their summit. One demonstrator was shot and wounded by a police officer who was being attacked. Two other people were admitted to hospital with gunshot wounds.

The BBC's Justin Webb in Gothenburg


14 June 2001

Environmentalists clash with Swedish riot police
Environmentalists clash with Swedish riot police

On the eve of the summit, more than 200 people are arrested as environmentalists and anti-globalisation activists clash with police in Gothenburg after US and European leaders fail to resolve their disagreement over the Kyoto protocol on global warming.

The BBC's Justin Webb in Gothenburg


8 June 2001

Irish voters rejected the treaty in a referendum
Irish voters rejected the treaty in a referendum

Ireland votes to reject the Nice Treaty on 7 June, throwing the EU's enlargement plans into chaos. But European Union leaders vow to push ahead with plans to admit 12 new - mostly East European states - into the union. The BBC's Justin Webb went to County Wicklow to find out why the Irish voted no.


 The BBC's Justin Webb reports

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