German Chancellor open to free vote on gay marriage

by Frankie Norman July 1, 2017, 0:22
German Chancellor open to free vote on gay marriage

"The fact that we have 10 times as much direct investment from Germany in the United States than there's American investment in Germany has, of course, ... a strong effect on the many jobs we create [in the U.S.,]" Merkel said at a gathering of The Economic Council of her Christian Democratic Union, Politico reports.

Trump administration officials told Reuters earlier on Tuesday that new steel tariffs were among trade options under consideration against China for Beijing's inaction on reining in North Korea and on worldwide trade issues.

"As you saw, he spoke a bit slowly, so it took a bit longer".

The chancellor's U-turn means that same-sex marriage could be approved in Germany as soon as this week, with a vote set to take place in parliament on Friday.

The episode comes as tensions have grown between the USA and Germany, especially on the issue of trade. "Now we look forward to the chancellor's speech", he continued.

US Commerce Secretary Ross had hinted last month in an interview with US media that the Trump administration would be "open" to resuming talks on a free trade pact with the EU.

"As your biggest customer, we hope to obtain a larger share of your market", Ross said.

"But on the issue of climate protection or free trade, we do not have this at the moment", she said, adding that Trump had a vision of globalisation "that is different to mine - very much so".

Germany's Economy Ministry later weighed in to the debate, saying Ross's criticism "contained nothing new" and dismissing a report he is compiling on the potential risks to the US of steel imports - a document that Germany fears could have grave consequences for its own steel industry.

After organizers cut Ross off during a call to counteract dumping in global trade, Merkel rejected his criticism of Germany's surplus. "Very bad for U.S. This will change".

In her speech, Merkel rejected Ross' criticisms. "Trade is not something where the one side wins and the other side loses".


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