Poles working in Brussels held a demonstrated outside their embassy on Monday to show their opposition to a road development which will carve a path through a number of designated nature reserves and threaten a wealth of biodiversity.
The desire to travel is threatening to wreck efforts to tackle pollution as rising transport emissions are undermining the progress made in other areas by European states.
If one European country is hit by severe flooding it could expect support from all EU members as the states pool their resources to tackle the disaster.
A report detailing the reasons for a leak at Sellafield's Thorp plant in 2005 has re-opened diplomatic wounds, with the Irish government claiming it confirms its suspicions of a poor safety record.
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