June 18, 2015 / 8:04 AM / 3 years ago

Merkel wants to seal framework for US/EU trade deal by year end

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that Berlin was still aiming to reach a political framework for a comprehensive trade deal between the European Union and the United States by the end of this year.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the session of the German lower house of parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Germany, June 18, 2015, ahead of the EU summit scheduled for June 25. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

In a speech to parliament, Merkel said that Germany would reap enormous economic benefits from the so-called Transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP).

Merkel added that an EU summit next week would not tackle Britain’s wishes for EU reform, but she would ask European Council President Donald Tusk to examine the issue.

Reporting by Michael Nienaber and Erik Kirschbaum; Editing by Paul Carrel

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