With talks on the EU-US transatlantic free trade deal set to continue next month, this week's outrage over a European Parliament vote on genetically modified corn will hardly be the last obstacle negotiators face.
US President Barack Obama has imposed a first round of sanctions on Russian officials such as freezing assets and issuing travel bans. It's a fine line of putting pressure on Russia while leaving room for diplomacy.
Cuba has agreed to start talks on normalizing ties with the EU, after decades of difference. Brussels insists that any thaw in relations - particularly in trade terms - will require Havana to give assurances on rights.
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