G8 leaders to talk US-EU free trade

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) speaks during a bilateral meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron on the sidelines of the G8 summit on June 17, 2013.

Leaders of some the world's richest countries meet in Northern Ireland today for the annual G8 summit. High on the agenda will be the issue of tax avoidance and a U.S.-EU free trade deal.

Negotiating a vast new economic trade zone -- sounds easy, no? The BBC's diplomatic correspondent Jonathan Marcus says just getting to the negotiating table was a struggle.

"This is hugely complex, we've seen disagreements over the French entertainment and film industry and so on. There are a whole range of key economic sectors where there are problems. It's not going to be easy."

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Jonathan Marcus is a reporter with the BBC.


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