'Fire up our economies': Obama, EU agree at G-8 summit to start free-trade talks in Washington

  • Article by: DAVID McHUGH , Associated Press
  • Updated: June 17, 2013 - 8:58 PM

ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland — The European Union and the United States will open negotiations next month on a long-sought deal to create free trade between the world's two mightiest economic regions, an effort designed to create millions of jobs that could take years to transform from dream to reality.

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evldedJun. 17, 13 3:32 PM

Why do I feel like the taxpayers will be on the hook for this eventually?

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luzhishenJun. 17, 13 5:05 PM

I'll take the EU over Fascist China any day of the week. Yes, I know they were Communist, now they are something more like Fascist Italy.

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lordhawhaw1Jun. 17, 13 5:06 PM

Since NAFTA and all the other free trade agreements we have signed have hurt us and our standard of living I don't expect this Administration to learn from history.

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boris123Jun. 17, 13 5:33 PM

Look Out!! Anytime Obama and free are used in the same sentence the people who work for a living will pay more and earn less.

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ronpaulJun. 17, 13 5:48 PM

Why don't we ever learn? True "free trade" is a good thing. As in, get rid of tariffs, embargoes, etc. Those are good things. But that's not what these "free trade agreements" are about. They're always about completely managed and controlled trade. They take sovereignty away from each nation and delegate said power to unelected bureaucrats. These bureaucrats are puppets of giant multinational corporations that profit from the blood, sweat and tears of those in the third-world nations and gut the American economy of large numbers of jobs. These agreements are good for nobody except for the already obscenely wealthy.

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edinawaterJun. 17, 13 6:13 PM

The article alluded to this treaty covering copyrights. An attempt has already been made to ram the controversial SOPA and PIPA treaties down our throats. I have no doubt this treaty will attempt to do the same thing in new clothing.

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badgerfan2Jun. 17, 13 9:01 PM

It will just make us import more and export less, therefore exporting jobs along with it. I don't think we need to make European goods any cheaper to us than they already are.

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i812b4Jun. 17, 1311:20 PM

"Cameron said a tariff- and barrier-free trade environment could generate an extra $150 billion annually for the 27-nation European Union, perhaps $120 billion for the United States" ----------- You can bet the middle class won't see a piece of this!

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