US-Europe Talks Open on Free Trade Pact

The United States and Europe have opened negotiations on what could become the world’s largest free trade zone, but the initial talks were overshadowed by reports of Washington’s spying on its European allies.

The negotiations began Monday in Washington, with meetings scheduled throughout the week.

The U.S. and the combined 28-nation European Union are already the world’s two largest economies. But with contentious issues on tariffs and other barriers to free trade dividing …

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