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Photo Source: Hannover Messe
President Obama gave the opening speech for the Hannover Messe Trade Fair earlier this week.  The next morning, he gave joint remarks with Chancellor Merkel about the US-German trade relationship  before touring the event.

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Obama and Merkel Hannover Messe
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On April 25, US President Barack Obama will visit the Hannover Messe, the world's largest industrial trade fair, where he will give a keynote speech with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.  The two are expected to promote transatlantic trade relations, particularly between Germany and the United States.
 

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US Representatives Travel to Europe to Promote Transatlantic Trade Ties

President Barack Obama will travel to London on April 22 to hold a bilateral meeting and joint press conference with Prime Minister David Cameron, where the two are expected to discuss Brexit and TTIP negotiations. President Obama will then travel to Hannover, Germany, to attend the Hannover Messe (industrial trade fair) where he will give a keynote speech with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on transatlantic trade relations. 

After a meeting of US President Obama, German Chancellor Merkel, and European Commission President Juncker on TTIP at the Hannover Trade Fair, USTR Michael Froman, Chair of INTA Committee Bernd Lange, and Commissioner Malmström will take stock of progress achieved so far and discuss the way forward in the negotiations. (ViEUws)

President Obama will meet with President Francois Hollande of France, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy, and UK Prime Minister David Cameron, in a meeting hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel on April 25.   

All of this is directly leading up to the next (13th) round of TTIP negotiations in New York starting on April 25. (The White House) (United States Trade Representative)
 

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Kerry at Pacific Council
Photo Source: Los Angeles Times
Secretary of State John Kerry concluded a global trip in Los Angeles this week and spoke at the Pacific Council on International Trade to defend international free trade deals, criticizing the current presidential candidates for playing up on "fear and anger."
 

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US Trade Representative Michael Froman and Deputy USTR Michael Punke traveled to London to conduct between-the-rounds TTIP negotiations with European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström on April 10 and 11, ahead of the next round of official negotiations starting on April 25. (United States Trade Representative)
 

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Le Garde Spring Meetings
Le Garde IMF Spring Meetings
From April 15 - 17 the IMF and World Bank will host their annual Spring Meetings. Look at this years agenda here. The Atlantic Council's Global Business & Economics Program hosts several events in the context of the Spring Meetings- Check out the "Upcoming Event" section below or stay tuned on twitter @TTIPAction.
 

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Obama and Macri
Last week President Obama visited Argentina. He praised new Argentine President Mauricio Macri for his swift implementation of reforms during his first 100 days in office. Obama said the two governments would work to identify barriers impeding greater trade flows between the two economies, adding that a free trade agreement was something that might lie at the end of the process. (Reuters)

The Atlantic Council will host Argentine Finance Minister Alfonso Prat-Gay on April 14, at 12:30 for a public speech and a moderated discussion. To RSVP and for further info, please click This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

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Malmstrom and Froman at GMF BF
The German Marshall Fund hosted its annual Brussels Forum this week, convening leaders from North America and Europe to discuss the transatlantic community's most pressing issues.  Washington Post Associate Editor David Ignatius moderated a discussion between US Trade Representative Michael Froman and European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström about the progress in TTIP negotiations.
 

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Froman Malmstrom War room
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EC Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and US Trade Representative Michael Froman held a meeting in Washington, DC this last week with lead negotiators Dan Mullaney and Ignacio Garcia Bercero, Michael Punk, Ambassador David O'Sullivan and others to gauge the current status of negotiations and the way ahead.
 

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From March 17-19, United States Trade Representative Michael Froman and  Deputy United States Trade Representative Michael Punke will travel to Belgium for the German Marshall Fund’s 2016 Brussels Forum. A meeting between EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström and Ambassador Froman is scheduled for Friday, April 18. (Office of the United States Trade Representative)
 

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This week Cecilia Malmström is visiting Washington, DC to "talk TTIP" with key US policymakers as well as engage with the US public.  On Friday, 9 March, she will meet with US Trade Representative Michael Froman to discuss the current status of negotiations. Picture Source: European Delegation to the United States.
 

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Trade on the White House's Menu
For the remainder of this week, Washington will host key policy makers from both the European Union and Canada, namely European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. 

Commissioner Malmström's agenda includes meetings with FDA Commissioner Robert Califf and Deputy Commissioner Stephen Ostroff; with AFL-CIO (US Unions) President Trumka; with Senators Orrin Hatch & Ron Wyden; with Adewale Adeyemo, Deputy National Security Advisor; and with  US Trade Representative Michael Froman to discuss the current state of TTIP negotiations. Commissioner Malmström  will also deliver a speech at the Peterson Institute on ‘EU Trade priorities in 2016' and join a round table discussion on TTIP at the US Chamber of Commerce.

Prime Minister Trudeau will meet with President Obama and US Trade Representative Mike Froman, and is likely to discuss the replacement to ISDS in the CETA agreement and raising the de minimis level for Canadian - US shipments. (Politico & EU Delegation to the United States)

To listen to Commissioner Malmström's speech at the Peterson Institute, find the webcast here
 

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Montanino, Katainen, Barroso
On Wednesday, March 2, the Atlantic Council hosted European Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen and former EC President José Manuel Barroso to discuss a road map for European growth.
 

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Yesterday, the Atlantic Council launched the EuroGrowth Initiative, which aims to promote a deepened EU-US partnership and build a path for long term growth together. Yesterday's event featured European Commission Vice President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, Jyrki Katainen, and former European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, who spoke about the current state of affairs of the European economy and the achievements of the European Commission's Investment Plan roughly 6 months after its implementation, and the importance of TTIP for transatlantic economic growth.
 

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12th Round Kicks Off
Photo Credit: @EU_TTIP_team
US and EU Chief Negotiators Dan Mullaney and Ignacio Garcia Bercero shake hands to kick off the 12th round of negotiations this week in Brussels.
 
The 12th round of TTIP negotiations is in full swing, with several stakeholder meetings taking place today. If you want to know more about the issues covered and the representatives who attended the meetings, please click here for an overview. The press and media briefings won't be held until the conclusion of talks on Friday, February 26. The public can follow the briefing live via a Europe by Satellite feed at 12:00pm CET.

Find out more about this round of negotiations on the European Commission's webpage.
 

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