Schulz: EU should reconsider free trade negotiations with US

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As socialists leaders meet on Thursday ahead ahead of the EU Summit in Brussels, European Parliament’s president Martin Schulz said that the EU should reconsider holding free trade talks with the US following allegations that the US intelligence system has been spying on European leaders.

‘I think we should reconsider if we can negotiate with the US on the same level. It would not be legitimate if the other side plays with an advantage’, Schulz said.

The digital single market will dominate the EU’s pre-summit agenda, with discussions being spiced up after revelations of deep US spying on France. Other issues on the agenda include immigration policies following the Lampedusa tragedy, banking union and the social dimension for the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU).

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