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Muscles in Brussels

Has China overplayed its hand in Tibet? Maybe -- even the European Parliament is taking notice:

The head of the European Parliament invited the Dalai Lama on Wednesday to address the EU legislature on events in Tibet and questioned whether European leaders should attend the opening of the Beijing Olympic Games.

Opening an emergency debate on events in Tibet, Parliament President Hans-Gert Poettering said to applause: "I put it to this house to join with me in saying that the Dalai Lama is welcome in this house whenever he wants to come."

It's nice to see the EU do something nearly useful for a change.