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In spat, EU Parliament stops talks with EU Council

European Parliament President Martin Schulz

By DON MELVIN

BRUSSELS — Just as voices across Europe are calling for stronger governance in response to the financial crisis — a surer hand at the wheel — one branch of the EU said in a fit of pique Thursday that it was suspending cooperation with another branch on a range of important security issues.

The European Parliament, feeling slighted it was not consulted on a proposal the Justice and Home Affairs Council made earlier this month on curbing the free movement of people across national borders, announced it would stop working with the Council on five law-enforcement proposals. They relate to the border controls as well as to fighting cybercrime, improving cooperation among national police forces, finalizing the internal security budget, and crafting an anti-terrorism proposal requiring airlines to supply information on passengers to EU member countries.

“This is quite drastic action,” acknowledged Armin Machmer, a spokesman for Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament.

A British member of the Parliament, Anthea McIntyre, put it another way. “We should not react with a childish tantrum and throw our toys out of the pram,” she said.

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