Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition partner has lashed out against her comments supporting a controversial transatlantic trade pact. The disagreement may signal a growing rift within Germany's grand coalition.
Gabriel told the regional newspaper group RND that his SPD "doesn't wish to be part of a bad deal," as he warned against a hastily negotiated agreement on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
Growing public skepticism
During a meeting in Japan this week, leaders of the G-7 nations - the US, Germany, Japan, Britain, Italy, France and Canada - expressed their support for TTIP, as long as it is "ambitious, comprehensive, high standard and mutually beneficial".