Obama, Merkel make case for huge US-EU trade deal

US President Barack Obama (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel address a press conference after their bilateral talks at the Herrenhausen Palace in Hanover, on April 24, 2016US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel made a joint pitch Sunday for more transatlantic trade in the face of mounting opposition, vowing to complete a vast US-EU pact that could spur much-needed economic growth. After talks in the northern city of Hanover where tens of thousands marched Saturday against the planned deal, Obama said the world’s largest trade pact could be finalised by the end of the year. “Angela and I agree that the United States and the European Union need to keep moving forward with the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations,” Obama said.

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