Merkel wants swift EU trade deal with U.S., thinks solution possible

U.S. President Donald Trump meets German Chancellor Angela Merkel for bilateral talks during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, August 26, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

BIARRITZ, France (Reuters) - Germany wants the European Union to reach a trade agreement with the United States as quickly as possible, Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters on Monday.

“We want to talk now about the EU and the United States having deeper talks as quickly as possible,” Merkel told reporters at a briefing with U.S. President Donald Trump on the sidelines of a summit of G7 leaders in Biarritz.

“We have a great interest in our trade being intensified. I think we can find solutions,” Merkel added. “Germany, within the framework of the EU, is working hard on this.”

Writing by Paul Carrel; Editing by Joseph Nasr