BERLIN Feb 26 German Foreign Minister Guido
Westerwelle said on Tuesday that Berlin hoped negotiations
between the European Union and the United States on a
transatlantic free trade zone could begin this summer.
Speaking at a joint news conference with visiting U.S.
Secretary of State John Kerry, Westerwelle said the two sides
were "serious" about a trade deal that would boost growth and
"It would bring growth and jobs. And it could do this
without raising new debt. Therefore we are in full agreement
that a transatlantic free trade deal needs to come. We are both
serious about this," Westerwelle said.
"From the German perspective it would be desirable, if the
preparatory work can be completed successfully, that
negotiations between Europe and the United States begin in the
summer. We see a window of opportunity."