Transatlantic trade talks set to open amid tensions
8 July 2013 Last updated at 13:11 BST
Talks aimed at creating the world's largest free trade zone between the European Union and the US open on Monday amid tensions over spying and protected industries.
The talks come at a time of growing friction over snooping by the US National Security Agency on its allies.
The Washington talks will aim to remove trade and investment barriers between the United States and the EU.
Samira Hussain reports.