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US, EU open tough talks on trade, spying

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Landmark US-EU trade talks opened in Washington Monday as the two sides also discussed US spying activities that infuriated Europeans and threatened to hold up what could be the world's largest free-trade deal. 

Ambitious talks to create the world's largest free-trade zone between the US and Europe open July 8, 2013 amid friction over America spying on its allies.

In the wake of disclosures that the United States has not only been vacuuming up huge quantities of phone and Internet data but also snooping on its allies, European officials gathered at the Department of Justice to discuss the super-secret National Security Agency's activities.

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