European Commission eager to start EU-US free trade talks despite spying affair

The European Commission has said that that negotiations between the EU and the US on a future Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) should start as scheduled next week, despite the revelation that the US National Security Agency (NSA) had wiretapped EU offices in Brussels and Washington.

Thus, the Commission ignores the objections of the European Parliament, which had called for the suspension of the free trade talks until the US has provided further clarification, and of some Member States such as Germany and France, which are of the opinion that negotiations could not start until trust was restored.