Merkel terms trade talks at G20 ‘very difficult’

World leaders still have a way to go to find a compromise on trade, one of the most controversial issues at this year’s G20 meeting, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

“I don’t want to beat around the bush, discussions [on trade] are very difficult,” Merkel told journalists on Friday evening, following a session on global growth and trade.

Ahead of this week’s meeting in Hamburg, Merkel and other European leaders signalled that they were ready to take a hard line on free trade with U.S. President Trump at the two-day summit.

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