German parliament to vote on same-sex marriage this week

US commerce secretary US Europe should have trade accord

US commerce secretary US Europe should have trade accord

According to a report by Bloomberg, Ross spoke onscreen for about 20 minutes at an event hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party before organizers cut off his video feed.

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.

Merkel, who had been craning her neck on the podium to watch Ross speak on a screen behind her, then took the floor to close out the evening.

Ross' comments included renewed criticism of Germany's trade surplus with the USA, which President Donald Trump has used repeatedly to pillory Europe's biggest economy.

The comments followed an address from Wilbur Ross, the USA secretary of commerce, who said Trump is open to resume talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

German audience laughs after Trump Cabinet member's address cut off

"If President Trump takes action on dumping it will be in the hope of provoking a collective solution by importing nations", Mr Ross told members of Ms Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic Union.

Ross' address comes one week before the Merkel and Trump will meet with their global counterparts at the G-20 summit in Hamburg. The TTIP negotiations were started in 2013, with the main goal being establishing a large free trade space on both sides of the Atlantic, have suddenly been interrupted by the election of Donald Trump, whose economic program is strongly marked by protectionism.

The Trump administration has been a tough crowd when it comes to Germany's policies.

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.

The issue gained renewed urgency ahead of the September elections, when Merkel distanced herself from the clear opposition in the CDU during an interview on Monday and referred to a free vote.

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