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Macron and Merkel back tougher EU approach on trade

Macron said he favoured open markets but that Europe 'cannot be naive'

Reuters  |  Brussels 

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel both voiced support on Friday for a more robust European approach to trade, saying the bloc must respond if other countries block access to their markets. At a joint news conference between the two leaders at the end of a two-day European Union summit, Macron said he favoured open markets but that Europe "cannot be naive". Merkel voiced support for the concept of reciprocity in trade and investment, saying Europe "must respond" if other countries prevented its companies from competing for public ...

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First Published: Fri, June 23 2017. 20:35 IST
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