'Atlanticist' Merkel rams home frustration with Trump after summits

'Atlanticist' Merkel rams home frustration with Trump after summits

'Atlanticist' Merkel rams home frustration with Trump after summits

Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra on Tuesday met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Berlin, Germany.

A German foreign ministry spokesman, Martin Schaefer, stressed that India enjoys rapid economic growth and development and, with a current population of over 1.3 billion, "will soon be the most populous country on Earth".

The first IGC was held in New Delhi in 2011, the second in Berlin in 2013, and the third in New Delhi in 2015.

Modi was holding formal talks with Merkel as part of the IGC - held every two years - where he was joined by his delegation of senior ministers, including Minister for Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan, Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Energy Minister Piyush Goyal and Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar.

The two leaders will then attend an India-German Business Summit, where German CEOs may announce investments but also reiterate complaints about barriers their businesses face in India, including tariffs, red tape and poor infrastructure. PM Modi and Chancellor Merkel also witnessed the exchange of a number of MoUs/JDIs between India and Germany during their meeting on.

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Modi had arrived in Berlin earlier on Monday at the start of his six-day, four-nation tour of Germany, Spain, Russia and France. Trump was also quoted as calling Germany "very bad" on trade - but the White House denied it. Their interaction covered various areas of mutual interest like smart cities, skill development, clean energy and India's economic reform agenda, including GST. "But we must know, we have to fight for our own future", she said. He further added that India is the "most open" and the fastest growing economy in the world and focused on importance of India to Germany. There was discussion also on the issue of radicalization and terrorism and each countries experience in dealing with this.

Hailing Germany's extensive work in skill development, Prime Minister Modi said that it would benefit the youth of India.

"The leaders also touched upon OBOR (one Belt One Road)".

"For that reason it's important to us that we make progress on the German-Indian, or rather EU-Indian free trade agreement", she said at a Berlin business forum where she shared a platform with Modi.

Michael van Hulten, a fellow at the London School of Economics, called Merkel's speech "huge - German chancellor signalling the end of the post-WW2 Western consensus".

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