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Merkel champions free trade for EU
March 9, 2017 / 9:12 AM / 9 months ago

Merkel champions free trade for EU

BERLIN (Reuters) - The European Union needs policies that are based on free trade and the bloc must pursue deals with other countries to ensure it does not become isolated, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told the German parliament on Thursday before an EU leaders summit.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the German lower house of parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Germany, March 9, 2017. Lines in the background are light reflections. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt

“Even if we see a nationalist, protectionist approach on the rise in parts of the world, Europe must never lock itself in, seal itself off and withdraw,” said Merkel.

“Europe must preserve its openness towards the world especially in trade policy,” she said.

Reporting by Madeline Chambers and Michelle Martin; Editing by Michael Nienaber

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