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The 27 member nations and 500 million citizens that comprise the European Union share profound common interests with the United States. Yet it is a strained marriage at times, especially over the containment of terrorism, acknowledged Ambassador John Bruton, the head of delegation of the European Commission to the United States. Invited to give the Brendan F. Brown Distinguished Lecture at the Columbus School of Law by the Military and National Security Law Students Association, Bruton said that the powerful confederation of European nations is willing to work with the United States on most things, but not against its own self interest. Regarding terrorism, many European governments resent being pushed by the United States for sensitive intelligence on private individuals, data that is confidential under EU law. “We’re not going to break our rules for America or anyone else,” said Bruton. “We won’t breach the EU Constitution on privacy issues.”

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