EU may Re­quire Visas from Amer­i­cans, Cana­di­ans

The Economic Times - - Around The World -

The Euro­pean Union ex­ec­u­tive is con­sid­er­ing whether to make US and Cana­dian cit­i­zens ap­ply for visas be­fore trav­el­ling to the bloc in a move that could raise ten­sions as Brus­sels ne­go­ti­ates a free trade pact with Wash­ing­ton. The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion will de­bate the is­sue, prompted by US and Cana­dian re­fusals to waive their visa re­quire­ments for hold­ers of some EU mem­ber states’ pass­ports, at a meet­ing next Tues­day. That is just over a week be­fore US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama ar­rives in Europe on a visit that will in­clude dis­cus­sions on trade. “A po­lit­i­cal de­bate and de­ci­sion is ob­vi­ously needed on such an im­por­tant is­sue. But there is a real risk that the EU would move to­wards visas for the two,” an EU source said. Reuters

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