June 19, 2017 / 6:34 PM / 2 years ago

Merkel calls for some EU-Africa trade contracts to be renegotiated

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the Civil20 summit, bringing together civil society organisations from over 50 countries to discuss its recommendations to the G20 in Hamburg, Germany, June19, 2017. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer

HAMBURG, Germany (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday called some of the European Union’s trade agreements with Africa unfair and said they should be renegotiated.

“We’ll speak again at the EU Africa summit in autumn about how we need to renegotiate them,” Merkel said at an event for non-governmental organisations in Hamburg before the G20 summit, which she will host there next month.

She said some trade contracts with Africa were “not right”.

African governments and NGOs complain that some of the trade contracts between the EU and Africa do not support development but rather increase hardship on the continent.

Merkel has repeatedly said that she wants to make Africa a focus of the German G20 presidency and last week a G20 Africa conference took place in Berlin.

Reporting by Andreas Rinke; Writing by Michelle Martin; Editing by Larry King

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