New US-EU talks threatened by agriculture spats

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. Obama used Washington’s grandest stage _ the State of the Union speech _ to announce negotiations with Europe aimed at creating the world’s largest free trade agreement. But just weeks later, there are signs that old agriculture disputes could be deal-killers. European Union leaders don’t want the negotiations to include discussions on their ban on genetically modified crops and other regulations that keep U.S. farm products out of Europe. But Obama says it’s hard to imagine an agreement that doesn’t address those issues. Powerful U.S. agricultural lobbies will do their best to make sure Congress rejects any pact that fails to address the restrictions. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, Pool)

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