BERLIN -- The U.S. is threatening to prevent the easing of export controls on European cars in order to force Europe to buy more U.S. agricultural products, German media reported.
In talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) free trade deal, the U.S. has also blocked a European call to replace private arbitration tribunals with a public state model, the reports said on Sunday. Private tribunals are responsible for corporative lawsuits.
Germany's Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper and ARD public broadcaster said they obtained 240 pages of internal negotiations documents from the environment group Greenpeace. Several people familiar with the negotiations confirmed that the documents were current, the media outlets said.
The documents suggest the U.S. is putting more pressure on the European Union in ongoing negotiations for a transatlantic free trade deal than previously thought, the reports said.
The top negotiators trying to reach agreement on the trade deal avoided agriculture, public procurement and other thorny issues in talks last week.
Instead, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Daniel Mullaney and European Commission lead negotiator Ignacio Garcia Bercera said on Friday, they concentrated on less controversial areas such as small and medium enterprises and technical language.
But both insisted after their 13th negotiating round in New York that they can still reach an agreement this year before U.S. President Barack Obama leaves office in January.
Greenpeace said in a statement it will give a news conference on the documents in Berlin today.