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Croatia signs EU accession treaty

AFP, Friday 9 Dec 2011
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Croatia signed an EU accession treaty Friday, a move paving the way for the former Yugoslav republic to join the bloc in mid-2013, after almost a decade of long and often fraught negotiations.

The signing ceremony attended by European Union leaders was the culmination of a long-held ambition, but comes at a tough moment as Europe's debt crisis splits the bloc and saps the enthusiasm of ordinary Croatians.

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