The leaders of Canada and Germany have expressed their shared commitment to NATO as Prime Minister Trudeau
and Chancellor Merkel met in Berlin.
The pair have differences on economic issues with Merkel keen on government austerity and Trudeau a believer in investment.
“Canada is proud to call Germany not only a close ally but a true friend.” pic.twitter.com/wAyuCiKS7Q— CanadianPM (@CanadianPM) February 17, 2017
Protests against the CETA trade deal between Canada and the EU continued, those against the deal say it will harm the economy, the environment and democracy itself.
Modest “Stop CETA” protest held as Merkel and Trudeau meet. pic.twitter.com/BbeGj8JM6V— Josh Wingrove (@josh_wingrove) February 17, 2017
Supporters say CETA will boost trade between Canada and Europe by 20 per cent.
The pair then laid flowers at the site where a truck was deliberately driven into the Christmas market beside the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church killing 12.
PM Trudeau and Chancellor Merkel pay respects to the victims of the terrorist attack at the Christmas Market in Breitscheidplatz. pic.twitter.com/nKLUPzxytr— CanadianPM (@CanadianPM) February 17, 2017
Trudeau travels to Hamburg later for St. Matthew’s Banquet, a gala event with a 700-year history.
He is expected to make a keynote speech warning businesses of the grave danger of the rise in populism and to take steps to counter it.