No chance of EU-US trade deal in 2014

Sober realism is the prevailing mood about an emerging transatlantic trade deal ahead of the arrival of the president of the United States, Barack Obama, in Brussels on 26 March for a US-European Union summit.

The latest week-long round of negotiations on the transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP) ended on Friday with the US’s trade representative, Michael Froman, merely saying he was “generally pleased” about progress. Previous rounds concluded on an upbeat mood.

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