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Barroso Wants Parallel EU-U.S. Trade Talks, Wiretapping Probe

European Commission President Jose Barroso said the start of trans-Atlantic free trade talks should coincide with U.S. willingness to discuss reported wiretapping activities with its European partners.

“We are committed of course to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership,” Barroso said in Berlin today after a youth unemployment summit attended by European Union leaders. “But we expect that in parallel we have work in EU-U.S. working groups that will analyze the oversight of intelligence activities.”