German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses guests at a meeting of the Confederation of German Employers' Associations (BDA - Bundesvereinigung der Deutsche Arbeitgeberverbaende) in Berlin on November 15, 2016. / AFP / John MACDOUGALL
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Tuesday for globalization to be framed in multilateral agreements rather than see countries adopt protectionist measures, in a thinly veiled warning to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.In his campaign, Trump argued that international trade agreements had hurt U.S. workers and the country's competitiveness. Merkel, having last week offered to work with Trump on the basis of democratic values, used a speech to set out the case for strengthening international cooperation in the field of trade and avoiding a slide into protectionism.
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