Germany's Merkel calls for push on EU-US trade deal

AP News
Posted: Oct 05, 2016 10:03 AM
Germany's Merkel calls for push on EU-US trade deal

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has renewed calls to press ahead with discussions over a sweeping trade deal between the European Union and the U.S. that her deputy said as recently as August had effectively failed.

The planned Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is unpopular among many Germans.

While Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel's center-left party is skeptical about it, Merkel's conservative bloc is standing by the proposed pact.

Merkel said in a speech Wednesday to German exporters that the most difficult questions are always tackled at the end of negotiations.

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Merkel added that, while TTIP is controversial in Germany, Luxembourg, Austria and France, "it is not the case that all 28 member countries of the European Union are equally skeptical."