Germany's Merkel calls
for strengthened WTO
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[April 23, 2018]
HANOVER, Germany (Reuters)
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Monday for a
new trade pact between the European Union and Mexico to
be implemented quickly, adding that the World Trade
Organisation should be strengthened in parallel with
German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a speech during
the opening ceremony of the Hannover Messe, the trade
fair in Hanover, Germany April 22, 2018. REUTERS/Fabian
"We know that with all the bilateral agreements, we also need to
strengthen the WTO as such," she told reporters at the Hanover
trade fair, adding that an abundance of bilateral deals
reflected a lack of progress between WTO members since 1994.
"We need a multilateral agreement again. Because you can see
that something has faltered," she said.
(Reporting by Andreas Rinke; Writing by Paul Carrel, editing by
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