Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Free-trade talks must proceed despite spying, says Bonino

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Rome, July 2 - Free-trade talks between the United
States and the European Union should continue regardless of
tensions caused by a scandal over alleged spying, Italy's
Foreign Minister Emma Bonino said on Tuesday.
Bonino asked for parties to proceed "calmly," saying that
clarity on the part of the US is "essential to maintain mutual
trust," but that the importance of the free-trade agreement has
to be considered.
Allegations surfaced in the media over the weekend that the
US spied on the diplomatic offices of the European Union and
several countries, including Italy, raising hackles.
"We have to call things what they are: if we're allies, it
is unacceptable that someone behaves that way," said Defense
Minister Mario Mauro, stressing that the reports must be
confirmed.
French President Francois Hollande also said that "there
can be no negotiations...until we have obtained
guarantees" that the US is not spying on the EU.
Bonino voiced confidence the US would provide all the
necessary details on the case.

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