EU, Japan schedule summit to strike trade deal

The European Union and Japan will hold a summit on July 6 in hopes of sealing broad agreement on a massive trade deal after four years of tough negotiations.

The landmark deal would mark a big victory for free trade just days before a G-20 summit in Germany in which U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to defend his "America First" protectionist stance.

Japan-EU trade deal 'almost there': Europe official

The European Union's top trade official said on July 1 that a Japan-EU free trade deal was "almost there," as the two sides look to ink an agreement seen as a push back against rising protectionism.

EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom was in Tokyo with agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan for two days of talks with Japanese officials.

Turkish Foreign Ministry condemns Schulz's remarks on Erdoğan rally in Germany

Turkey's Foreign Ministry on June 29 condemned remarks by Martin Schulz, the leader of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD), over a potential rally by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan who will visit the country as a part of the G-20 summit in Hamburg next week.

Speaking to German daily Bild on June 28, Schulz had called for a ban on a major event by the Turkish president in the country.