Germany's Merkel talks trade, human rights in Mexico

Peña Nieto said that he offered Chancellor Merkel the support of Mexico to the leadership of Germany for the next G20 meeting, as well as Mexico's commitment to the Paris Agreement and the conservation of biodiversity.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said it is "vitally important" to punish those responsible for the "disappearances" of people and especially journalists in Mexico, a media report said.

"I assume that Britain, from what I heard from the Prime Minister today, wants to stick to its negotiating plan", Merkel told a news conference alongside President Enrique Pena Nieto.

Merkel said Germany can be a good partner of Argentina as it sought to rebuild its infrastructure.

Negotiations are set to begin in just nine days, with the German chancellor saying the European Union wants talks to progress "quickly" despite United Kingdom politcians still reeling from Thursday's shock election result. "We must all work together and we both advocate. a free, open world in which we want to shape globalisation in a humane way", Merkel said.

Macri enthusiastically welcomed Merkel and said that in areas such as "democracy, human rights, climate change, the fight against terrorism and organised crime we will always cooperate, looking for alternatives where we can complement each other".

A Free trade agreement between the European Union and Mercosur, the South American regional organisation is under preparation, but agricultural issues still remain as one of the major obstacles, Kinga Brudzi?ska told EURACTIV Poland in an exclusive interview.

"We are ready for Brexit negotiations..."

Merkel said such compromises would have to be carefully negotiated and would likely be painful for both sides. "In any case we hope the negotiations can begin quickly because the two-year period is already running and could only be extended unanimously".

"In this sense, I am very optimistic".

Merkel stated that her Argentina visit comes after Macri helped his country end a legal row that made it return to global credit markets after nearly 15 years.

BERLIN (AP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel is praising the country's army as "indispensable" amid friction between military and government over the handling of a series of scandals in the Bundeswehr.

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