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The Transatlantic Traded and Investment Partnership (TTIP) second round of talks in Brussels was postponed after the US notified EU, that due to financial and staffing constraints the EU partner was unable to attend the talks.

Due to the partial government shutdown hundreds of thousands of US government employees are out of work or unpaid, and all the non-essential state services are closed. On Friday, US trade representative Michael Froman informed Brussels that financial and staffing constraints made it impossible to send a full negotiating team to attend the second round of the EU-US trade talks.

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