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Continued: After months of caution, Obama suddenly more aggressive on Syria than other G-8 leaders

  • Article by: JULIE PACE , AP White House Correspondent
  • Last update: June 15, 2013 - 4:19 PM

The debate over the NSA programs may follow Obama to Western Europe, where privacy laws are stricter than in the U.S. A German government spokesman has said that Merkel will question Obama about the programs.

"The Obama administration will face some awkward conversations in Europe," said Michael Geary, a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center. "Europeans are a little bit miffed on the subject."

Cameron, as the summit host, is pushing an agenda focused heavily on the global economy and trade. He had hoped to announce the launch of negotiations on a broad U.S.-E.U. free trade pact. But those prospects appear to be dimming given French insistence that European film, radio and TV industries be excluded from the negotiations.

The U.S. says nothing should be taken off the table before negotiations even begin.

The other members of the G-8 are Italy, Japan and Canada. Leaders from developing nations, including Libya and Liberia, will join the G-8 leaders at a lunch Tuesday to close the summit.

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