German Parliament set to vote Friday on gay marriage

Javier Howell
July 1, 2017

Trump has expressed frustration with Germany, following reports that its trade surplus over the U.S. past year amounted to some $65 billion (57 billion euros).

German Chancellor #Angela Merkel has announced the resumption of European Union and United States negotiations on a #Free Trade Agreement that was postponed after #Donald Trump became the U.S. president.

Mr Ross, speaking via live stream to an economic event in Berlin attended by Chancellor Angela Merkel, said that even countries that were not direct sources of dumping could face difficulties under these circumstances.

While blaming World Trade Organization rules for favoring exporters over importers, Ross agreed with Merkel that the US and the European Union should resume talks on a free-trade pact.

Ross' address comes one week before the Merkel and Trump will meet with their worldwide counterparts at the G-20 summit in Hamburg.

The commerce department is invoking a Cold War-era trade law that allows the president to limit imports of certain products and materials deemed critical for national defense. Germany, which has a record trade surplus, is the target of a new American administration accusing it of unfair competition.

"My vision of globalisation is that in the global and interconnected world we need a rules-based trade system where all sides can win", Merkel said.

But immediately after her decision, SPD leaders moved to bring a vote to the floor of the full parliament, arguing that by making it a matter of conscience Merkel had released her coalition partner from its commitment not to hold a vote. If a vote takes place, it is expected to pass, as nearly all other political parties represented in the German parliament support gay marriage, and at least a quarter of Merkel's own party will likely also vote in favor. But with three months of campaigning to go until the September 24 parliamentary election, Merkel's early retreat may prove to have been the better strategic choice.

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