LONG-TERM European Union proposals for streamlined cross-border arrest warrants, that would enable prosecutors to demand the swift handover of fraud and other criminal suspects, are to be fast-tracked as a result of the terrorist disasters in the USA.

Heads of government have met in an emergency session of the European Council, telling the EU Council of Ministers for justice and home affairs to agree the reform "as a matter of urgency," imposing a December 7 deadline for action.

The prime ministers and presidents said that they ...

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