The German foreign minister is on a charm-offensive through Southeast Asia. Guido Westerwelle is seeking to strengthen ties with the world's fourth leading financial centre.
At a meeting of EU trade ministers, Austria and France pushed for an end to the current round of TTIP free trade negotiations between the US and the EU. This as a similar deal with Canada took a step closer to approval.
Talks over the hugely controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the US are in danger as France pushes for an end to negotiations and a German minister says they have failed.
Sigmar Gabriel's political future is secure after the majority of SPD delegates voted in support of the EU's trade deal with Canada. The Vice Chancellor had tied his fate to the outcome of the vote.
German activists have launched the country's largest-ever civil lawsuit in protest of a planned free trade agreement between the EU and Canada. They argue the trade pact violates the constitution and the rule of law.
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