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Europe wants to pair talks on trade, NSA

Anger about US surveillance may derail schedule

BERLIN — European countries agreed Wednesday that talks on a free-trade deal with the United States should start in parallel with discussions about NSA surveillance — addressing concerns raised by France.

President Francois Hollande of France insisted after meeting with Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, and other European leaders that trade talks can start only ‘‘at the same time, at the same date’’ as talks with the United States on concerns about its intelligence activities.

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