Despite Short Time, President Obama Would Like to See US-EU Trade Deal

Time: 9:13 p.m. CEST

President Barack Obama said the time is short for the proposed U.S.- Europe trade agreement. Obama, who is visiting Germany, today in Hannover explained, if the negotiations take more time, the political transitions on both continents could influence the timeline of the deal. President Obama met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday and visited the Hannover Fair, where he talked about economy.

Two-days visit to Germany is mostly for economy, but Obama and Merkel talked about other important issues. One of the issues is migration crisis and Merkel got praises from Obama for handling the migrant crisis. Obama said, Merkel “is on the right side of the history on this.” German Chancellor had difficulties at home after welcoming refugees and migrants into Germany and she also helped Turkey to conclude a migrant deal with the European Union.

While the U.S. and other allies dismissed the suggestion for on ground offensive, Merkel said her proposal for safe zones in Syria complies with international peace efforts. German Chancellor insisted the safe zones need to be part of the peace negotiations.President Obama explained the making of the safe zones controlled by moderate opposition shows, “there is no space between us.”

Merkel explained Germany’s readiness to participate more in military commitments in the collective systems. Germany spent 35.5 billion euros ($39.98 billion) on defense last year, says the Associated Press. It is about 1.2 percent of its gross domestic product. Obama urged all NATO members for a commitment for military spendings of 2 percent GDP target.




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