Europe may be souring on Iran. On Monday, EU foreign ministers signaled support for EU-wide sanctions on Iranian intelligence officials following failed assassination attempts against Iranian exiles in France and Denmark earlier this year. This doesn’t mean that the EU will throw its support behind the broad U.S. oil sanctions on Iran, but it would be a notable show of European unity. (Just last March, the United Kingdom, France and Germany failed to gain unanimous backing for sanctions aimed at curbing Iran’s ballistic missile program.) And it could halt the progress the European Union has made on designing bartering mechanisms that would allow European firms to circumvent U.S. sanctions. Energy markets are already behaving as if this move will bolster the U.S. effort to choke off Iranian crude exports, with WTI and Brent futures jumping Monday, ending more than a month of price declines. (Reports that the U.S. is preparing to designate Venezuela as a state sponsor of terrorism wi
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