Chirac says goodbye to EU summit

BERLIN, March 26 (UPI) -- Outgoing French President Jacques Chirac voted on energy policy and received a beer mug in Berlin as he attended his final European Union summit.

Chirac was among the leaders approving the Berlin declaration, which commits the EU to leadership on "energy policy and climate protection," The Independent reported.


German Chancellor Angela Merkel presented Chirac with an antique beer stein.

"You ask me if I am heavy-hearted. I don't have a sensitive heart, at least from that point of view," Chirac told reporters.

The Independent said that EU summits have often been the scene of verbal fireworks between Chirac and British Prime Minister Tony Blair. But Chirac didn't criticize Blair or England in Berlin and offered support in the matter of 15 captured British sailors in Iran.

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