'Germany certainly holds a lot of sway' - 1 NEWS' Joy Reid analyses Jacinda Ardern's next move in securing EU free trade deal

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will be sounding out German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the chances of a Free Trade Agreement between New Zealand and the European Union when the two leaders meet in Berlin tonight.

The Prime Minister meets the German Chancellor after the French President backed the proposed Free Trade Agreement.
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Ms Ardern is in Berlin preparing to be welcomed with full military honours.

The German capital is the next stop in her European tour and follows a successful meeting with the French President Emmanuel Macron who offered his full support for a multi-billion dollar FTA. 

The European Union is due to discuss the mandate for the New Zealand- EU FTA at a meeting next month.

1 NEWS Europe correspondent Joy Reid says Prime Minister Ardern will be sitting down with Chancellor Merkel to discuss a range of topics from climate change to international security and the situation in Syria. 

But Ms Ardern will also be wanting to pick Ms Merkel's brains about the Free Trade Agreement, Joy Reid reported from Berlin this evening.

"Germany has been a long-time supporter of the deal, and Prime Minister Ardern has said that she's going to be thanking Angela Merkel for that," Reid said. 

"But she'll also be wanting to get some advice and insight about how she thinks that vote is going to go in May. 

"And Germany certainly holds a lot of sway in the political sphere here in the European Union, so is likely to have a lot of insight to offer," Reid observed.

Our correspondent said if Ms Ardern's her visit with President Macron is anything to go by "then she certainly is on a bit of a roll". 

Jacinda Ardern’ s first meeting with French President Macron has got a trade deal with the EU closer than ever.
Source: 1 NEWS

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