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EU and China tussle for clout in Montenegro over road project

Brussels rejects Balkan nation's plea to take over $1bn Chinese debt

Workers construct a bridge for the troubled Bar-Boljare highway in Bioce, Montenegro.   © Reuters

VIENNA/BRUSSELS -- The European Union will not shoulder the $1 billion debt Montenegro owes China for a still-to-be-built highway, a move that adds a wrinkle to the contest for influence being waged in the Balkans.

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