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PM Lee, Merkel keen to get S'pore-EU FTA going

But the pact seems unlikely to take off this year due to "outstanding issues"

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the German Chancellery in Berlin. They are flanked by the two winning entries of the "Buddy Bear" design competition that was organised by the Singapore Embassy in Berlin in 2014.


THE leaders of Singapore and Germany on Tuesday expressed their desire to see the free trade pact between the European Union (EU) and Singapore implemented as soon as possible, but there remains a number of hurdles that could take some time to clear.

While the negotiations