The United States is
postponing negotiations for a free trade deal with the European
Union because of a partial shutdown of the US government, the
Obama administration said on Friday.
US Trade Representative Michael Froman called European
Union Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht to say US officials
could not travel to Brussels next week for talks due to the
shutdown, Froman's office said in a statement.
Washington and the EU were due to hold a second round of
negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment