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This article about EU-US policy differences was published by EurActiv on 18th August 2010.

The EU and the US are set to discuss their recent foreign and economic policy differences when they meet in Lisbon on 20 November, on the margins of a NATO summit, the European Commission announced yesterday (17 August).

Seemingly adopting a lower profile domestically after having fallen somewhat short of expectations since his 2008 election, US President Barack Obama will meet EU leaders in November, immediately after the US mid-term elections.

Although a detailed agenda is yet to be finalised, financial regulation, climate change, trade, nuclear proliferation, terrorism and visa policy will be at the core of the talks.

The EU and the US took mirroring approaches in announcing the summit, with both underlining that in the wake of the financial crisis, the economic transatlantic relationship is “vital to global prosperity”. Both powers stressed their commitment to cooperating “to promote strong and sustained growth in our economies,” read two notes published yesterday by the White House and the European Commission.

Last month, however, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso said he was deeply disappointed about the current state of the transatlantic relationship, describing it as a “missed opportunity for Europe”.

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