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Belgium: US spying might block EU-US free-trade deal - Schulz00:54

Belgium: US spying might block EU-US free-trade deal - Schulz

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October 24, 2013 at 16:35 GMT +00:00 · Published

Belgium: US spying might block EU-US free-trade deal - Schulz

The president of the European Parliament Martin Schulz spoke at a European Union summit in Brussels Thursday, touching upon the potential consequences of reported NSA spying.

Schulz said he was worried that if further reports of NSA spying were to surface, they might help block a potential EU-US free-trade agreement, as they would give more support to those who are already against it.

Schulz said "Let's stop for a moment and discuss the following thing, and I answer as someone who is defending this free trade agreement. If such events continue, if there are more news like the news of today my fear is that those, who are from a principle point of view against the agreement, will win a majority and more support. And therefore my advice was, let's stop a moment and discuss how we can avoid such a development, and this is in the interest of the United States and in our interest."

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Belgium: US spying might block EU-US free-trade deal - Schulz

The president of the European Parliament Martin Schulz spoke at a European Union summit in Brussels Thursday, touching upon the potential consequences of reported NSA spying.

Schulz said he was worried that if further reports of NSA spying were to surface, they might help block a potential EU-US free-trade agreement, as they would give more support to those who are already against it.

Schulz said "Let's stop for a moment and discuss the following thing, and I answer as someone who is defending this free trade agreement. If such events continue, if there are more news like the news of today my fear is that those, who are from a principle point of view against the agreement, will win a majority and more support. And therefore my advice was, let's stop a moment and discuss how we can avoid such a development, and this is in the interest of the United States and in our interest."

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