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Merkel stresses support for EU-US trade deal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the TTIP trade agreement between the EU and US would create urgently needed jobsGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel Thursday stressed her continued support for an EU-US trade agreement being negotiated but recently declared dead by her deputy and by a French minister. Last weekend her centre-left vice chancellor and economy minister, Sigmar Gabriel, said the talks on the so-called TTIP agreement were effectively dead, and French junior trade minister Matthias Fekl called Tuesday for a halt to the talks. The European Commission and US negotiators began work on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership in 2013, aiming to create the world’s biggest free trade market of 850 million consumers stretching from Hawaii to Lithuania.

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