Barroso, Van Rompuy: EU-US relations must be based on respect, trust

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Speaking in a press conference after the first meetings of a 2-day gathering of EU leaders in Brussels, President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy said that relations between the EU and the Us should be based on mutual ‘respect and trust’.

Following allegations that the US had been tapping German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone, Van Rompuy defended the Franco-German initiative of seeking further clarification from the US.

‘Heads of states took note of the intention of France and Germany to seek bilateral talks with the USA with the aim of finding before the end of the year and understanding of mutual relations in that field. They noted that others EU countries are welcome to joint this initiative’, Van Rompuy noted.

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