July 16, 2018 / 10:44 AM / 3 months ago

Germany sees many reasons for transatlantic ties to be good

BERLIN (Reuters) - There are many strong reasons for transatlantic ties to be good, a spokesman for the German government said on Monday after U.S. President Donald Trump called the European Union a “foe” with regard to trade.

FILE PHOTO: German government spokesman Steffen Seibert arrives for a news conference in Berlin, Germany, April 15, 2016. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said the EU and the United States had common interests and values even though their companies were competitors.

He said Merkel remained a convinced transatlanticist, adding: “Nothing has changed about that even if we have big differences of opinion.”

Reporting by Michelle Martin and Gernot Heller; Editing by Paul Carrel

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