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Germany’s Merkel Would Welcome South American Trade Deal With EU

  • Chancellor gives further sign of rejecting Trump agenda
  • Trade deal could cover agricultural products and energy

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would welcome a free trade agreement between South America and the European Union, further signaling her rejection of the protectionist stance being taken by U.S. President Donald Trump.

A deal could include agriculture and energy, Merkel said Saturday in her weekly vodcast. She singled out Uruguay as one member of the Mercosur trade bloc that’s supporting closer ties with the EU ahead of President Tabare Vazquez’s visit to Berlin on Feb. 8.