Merkel Says Germany Is Providing Jobs For Americans

Merkel Says Germany Is Providing Jobs For Americans

Ross's video feed at the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) conference was faded out after roughly 20 minutes for going over his time limit, after which attendees began to applaud and laugh at the move, The Hill reports. "Now we look forward to the chancellor's speech", he continued.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives expanded their support to 40 percent - the highest level since September 2015 - in a poll conducted by the Forsa institute for Germany's Stern magazine and broadcaster RTL.

Ross' comments included renewed criticism of Germany's trade surplus with the USA, which President Donald Trump has used repeatedly to pillory Europe's biggest economy.

When asked about equal marriage yesterday (June 26), Merkel replied: "I would like to steer the discussion more towards the situation that it will be a question of conscience instead of me forcing something through by means of a majority vote".

Germany, which previous year turned in a record trade surplus, has been in Washington's sights since Trump came to power.

Ross' address comes one week before the Merkel and Trump will meet with their global counterparts at the G-20 summit in Hamburg.

"My vision of globalisation is that in the global and interconnected world we need a rules-based trade system where all sides can win", Merkel said.

Merkel and others have tried to explain that Germany is part of the European Union and therefore can't trade individually with the US - it's the whole bloc, or no one.

In her speech, Merkel rejected Ross' criticisms. The Trump administration made a "conscious decision not to walk away from" the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, Ross said.

Forsa said 52 percent of those polled would back Merkel for a fourth term if the chancellor were elected directly, a drop of 1 percentage point, compared with an unchanged 22 percent who would back SPD leader Martin Schulz, the former president of the European Parliament.