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Germany’s Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said: “In my opinion, the negotiations with the United States have de facto failed, even though nobody is really admitting it” according to The Independent.

Euronews on YouTube (Video above) is also reporting on Gabriel’s comments:

Talks over the so-called Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership – or TTIP – between Europe and the US have essentially failed, but ‘nobody is really admitting it”, Germany’s economy minister has said.

Sigmar Gabriel, who is Angela Merkel’s second-in-command, said hardly any progress had been made in recent years. Slamming the negotiations, the Vice-Chancellor said neither side had managed to even agree on a single common chapter.

Read Global Justice Ecology Project’s TTIP-related coverage here.