Friday, February 17, 2017

Trudeau, Merkel talk NATO, trade deals and refugees - DW News

The German chancellor and Canadian prime minister demonstratively presented a united front during Trudeau's visit to the German capital. Merkel praised CETA, NATO and Canada's refugee policy.
Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is not just of value for Europe but also for the United States. "I think we should all be aware of the mutual value of NATO," Merkel said at a joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Berlin. "I think the strength of the United States of America has also rather grown because of NATO."  She added that questions regarding NATO should be debated "in the spirit of our shared interest."

The military alliance was one of the key topics Merkel and Trudeau addressed during the Canadian prime minister's visit to the German capital.

Shared values regarding refugees
Merkel also praised Trudeau for his refugee policy.

"Germany took in a lot of refugees," she said, "and that's why we are very grateful when someone sees this as a worldwide task." 

Ahead of the press conference, Merkel received Trudeau at the Chancellery with military honors, a spokesperson for the chancellor tweeted. 

At a private dinner at the Hotel Regent in Berlin on Thursday, Merkel presented Trudeau with a photograph of him as a 10-year-old in 1982 posing with his father, Pierre Trudeau, the then prime minister of Canada and Chancellor Helmut Kohl. - Read More


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