Now here is this newest scandal, the alleged eavesdropping on the European Union's officials and allies' communications, hacking their emails by the U.S. It is bad, but the venom with which some European politicians have taken on the U.S. is unwarranted.
Momentum seems to be gaining this week on the idea of a Transatlantic Free Trade Area (TAFTA). But if the joint White House-European Union committee exploring the topic is to be of any value, it needs to examine a key corollary to free trade -- labor mobility.
There's a buzz in both Berlin and D.C. these days for free trade as a potential path back to growth for ailing economies. Indeed, a Transatlantic Free Trade area would be a very good idea -- but a highly regulated trade area would not deliver the benefits promised.