With Vote Likely This Week, Fate of EU-U.S. Swift Agreement Too Close to Call

By Colby Adams

EU party leaders have rejected delaying a Thursday vote on an interim agreement to share European financial data with U.S. counterterrorism investigators. The EU Parliament remains split on the controversial nine-month accord, which formalizes when U.S. investigators can view bank data stored by the Brussels-based Society for World Interbank Financial Telecommunication (Swift) as part of the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program (TFTP). The agreement, which became effective on Feb. 1, must be replaced by a permanent agreement by Oct. 31. With both supporters and opponents claiming a narrow majority, the largest voting bloc in favor of the accord, the European People's...