BERLIN (AP) -- European countries agree that talks on a free-trade deal with the United States should be held only in parallel with discussions about NSA surveillance — addressing concerns raised by France.
France wants the talks on trade to start only when the U.S. also discusses intelligence issues.
That raises questions whether the launch of the trade talks will go ahead as originally scheduled next week.
European Union leaders at a meeting Wednesday in Berlin supported the idea of parallel talks on surveillance, but didn't comment directly on their start date.
Top EU official Jose Manuel Barroso reaffirmed Europe's commitment to the trade talks.
He said the U.S. is ready to set up working groups to discuss intelligence issues "as soon as possible."