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President Obama Hosts Summit of Nordic Leaders at White House- This week President Obama hosted the the heads of state from the Nordic Countries to discuss global issues, trade, and areas of cooperation between the United States, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, and Denmark. (The National Law Review)

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Merkel Says Working for US - EU Trade Deal this Year
Ahead of the G-7 Summit in Japan later this month, Japanese Prime Minister Abe visited German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. The two leaders held a press conference after their private meeting, during which Chancellor Merkel said, "we will do everything possible to negotiate the transatlantic agreement this year." - (Reuters)

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The 13th round of TTIP negotiations took place last week in New York. The next round is expected to take part at the end of July in Europe, in an effort to complete negotiations during the Obama administration.

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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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Kerry at Pacific Council
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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)

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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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