Germany: Merkel gives nod to Shinzo Abe, touts free trade in CeBIT opening speech
German Chancellor Angela Merkel reiterated Germany's strong support for free trade and open markets in her opening speech at the CeBIT technology fair in Hanover, Sunday.
CeBIT is one of the world's largest tech trade fairs held annually in Hanover. CeBIT 2017, organised by Deutsche Messe AG, will open its doors to public from March 20-24.
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SOT, Angela Merkel, German Chancellor (German): "The cooperation between Germany and Japan has highly intensified in the last few years. We have met several times at the G7 summits and have worked there under a lot of common agendas and that's why it is a good sign that you are present here at the CeBIT."
SOT, Angela Merkel, German Chancellor (German): "And it is good that the EU-Japan trade agreement is now being vigorously negotiated. It could be an acknowledgement there, that the European Union, and Germany would gladly be the motor here, to complete the trade agreement with Japan which makes it clear that we do want open markets, fair trade, we certainly don't want any barriers but at a time of an 'Internet of Things' we want to link our societies with one another and let them deal fairly with one another, and that is what free trade is all about."
SOT, Angela Merkel, German Chancellor (German): "In times where we have to argue a lot over free trade, open borders, democratic values, it is a good sign that Japan and Germany do not argue over those things, but rather sit in the same boat as people who shape the future. Thank you a a lot."
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