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Merkel says EU must seek trade deals elsewhere if no joy with U.S.
February 8, 2017 / 1:36 PM / a year ago

Merkel says EU must seek trade deals elsewhere if no joy with U.S.

BERLIN (Reuters) - The European Union will have to press ahead quickly to secure trade deals with other countries if it does not reach an agreement with President Donald Trump’s new U.S. administration, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives, after talking with Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez, for a news conference at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, February 8, 2017. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

“As the European Union, if we perhaps don’t make progress, or only slow progress - we will have to see - with the United States, then we will have to negotiate other agreements quickly,” she told reporters after meeting Uruguay’s president.

“We are negotiating with Japan, with India, with Australia, and we are negotiating with Mercosur,” Merkel added.

“First of all, we need to know how we will get on with the new U.S. administration. We will work on the issue of free trade during Germany’s G20 presidency ... and then we will be able to see where the priorities of the new U.S. administration lie.”

Writing by Paul Carrel; Editing by Madeline Chambers

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