BRUSSELS (AP) The EU says it will take only "a couple of weeks" at most to decide if bailouts for car makers in six European Union nations can go ahead.

EU antitrust chief Neelie Kroes says France, Britain, Spain, Germany, Italy and Sweden have submitted rescue plans.

These will be approved quickly if they do not give car makers an unfair edge over rivals. Kroes said that condoning economic nationalism "is the biggest mistake we could make."

At the same news conference, EU Enterprise Commissioner Guenter Verheugen cautioned Washington not to violate world trade rules as it moves a head with bailout deals for American car makers.

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