The four were under pressure to reach agreement with the EU by midnight to meet a political timetable for entry on 1 January, 1995. Admission of all four would raise the EU's wealth by about 10 per cent and increase its land mass by nearly a half.
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The European Union was engaged in hard bargaining yesterday with Sweden, Austria, Finland and Norway, as they sought favourable terms for joining the EU, Reuter reports from Brussels.