Brussels, Berlin Brussels diplomats do not believe in chance, not in this delicate matter: they see the fact that shortly before the trip of US President Joe Biden to Europe, new details on the thirst for data from the NSA and American eavesdropping of Chancellor Angela Merkel have been revealed as a disruptive target.
However, the revelation didn’t come to much. Europeans have no interest in stirring up an old transatlantic dispute. The two sides want to evoke a new spirit of unity at the EU-US summit in Brussels on Tuesday.
The most important outcome of the meeting will probably be the creation of the “Transatlantic Council on Trade and Technology”, an EU initiative which the Americans have taken up. Europeans and Americans want to coordinate their trade and technology policies, “so that democracies and no one else” set the rules for the 21st century, as stated in the draft summit declaration.
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