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EU's Malmstroem pleads for support in US trade deal fight

European Union Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmstroem during an AFP interview in Brussels on April 20, 2015The EU’s top trade official urged European governments to “do more” to defend a controversial free trade deal between the US and European Union that has faced fierce hostility in key countries, especially Germany. Sweden’s Cecilia Malmstroem, the EU’s outspoken trade commissioner, is faced with the immense task of giving life to the so called Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP, as a new round of talks — the ninth since last year — begins in New York on Monday. “The member states should do more, because this is not my project, it’s not my TTIP,” Malmstroem told AFP in an interview two days after tens of thousands of protesters marched in European cities railing a project they see as a sop to US multinationals and a greedy business lobby. “It’s not just up to me to sell it, it is not my project, I work night and day … but member states, governments, ministers and parliaments must contribute,” Malmstroem said in her office high up in the commission headquarters that overlooks the heart of the European capital.

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