EU Trade Deal Thrown Into Question By NSA Spying Accusations As Europe Insists On Joint Talks
By Geir Moulson and Sylvie Corbet
BERLIN (AP)— European countries agreed Wednesday that talks on a free-trade deal with the United States should start in parallel with discussions about NSA surveillance – addressing concerns raised by France.
French President Francois Hollande insisted after meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other European leaders in Berlin that the trade talks can start only “at the same time, at the same date” as talks with the U.S. on concerns over its intelligence activities.
… “We are committed of course to the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership,” Jose Manuel Barroso said. “But we expect that in parallel … we analyze the oversight of intelligence activities, intelligence collection and also the question of privacy and data protection.”
For the trade talks “to be a success, we need confidence among partners and confidence can become better” if Europe’s concerns are addressed, Barroso told reporters.
Well, it looks like America’s credibility is being legitimately called into question, it looks like the rest of the world isn’t too found of our big government policies either.