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Merkel champions free trade for EU


BERLIN (Reuters) - The European Union needs policies that are based on free trade and the bloc must pursue deals with other countries to ensure it does not become isolated, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told the German parliament on Thursday before an EU leaders summit.

"Even if we see a nationalist, protectionist approach on the rise in parts of the world, Europe must never lock itself in, seal itself off and withdraw," said Merkel.

"Europe must preserve its openness toward the world especially in trade policy," she said.

(Reporting by Madeline Chambers and Michelle Martin; Editing by Michael Nienaber)


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