WWI looms large at Ypres EU summit

June 26, 2014 6:52 PM

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WWI looms large at Ypres EU summit

YPRES, June 26- A scene of carnage in World War I, the small Belgian town of Ypres is a warning written in blood for EU leaders Thursday of what happens when statesmen fail to preserve the peace.

It was here that modern industrial warfare revealed its true horror, with the Germans first in 1915 to use poisonous mustard gas, dubbed ‘Yperite,’ which burned and blinded its victims.

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