Carter Dougherty writes in The Washington Times that The European Union is demanding that foreign companies be allowed to compete with the U.S. Postal Service. Europe also wants access to American markets for municipal water and waste services. It also will call for foreign companies to be given access to Small Business Administration loans. These demands will be formally presented to the U.S. government by the end of June. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative will also present a list of U.S. demands to Europe later this year.

Harry Freeman, a Washington-based analyst of trade negotiations, says the U.S. market is already open to foreign companies. “What the European Union is going after is pretty predictable,” he says. “These are the clear bones of contention.”read more