Negotiations with the USA on free trade must be conducted without preconditions


Federal Economics Minister Peter Altmaier has announced the prospect of a rapid free trade agreement with the USA. The negotiations should be conducted without preconditions.

Thilo Brodtmann, Executive Director of the Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA), comments on Federal Economics Minister Peter Altmaier's trip to the USA:

"The trade conflicts fomented by US President Trump have long since become a heavy burden on the world economy. If a transatlantic free trade agreement could actually be concluded by the end of the year, as announced by Federal Economics Minister Altmaier in Washington, the negotiations should be conducted swiftly and without preconditions. A fair agreement would make all parties a winner, the EU as well as the US."