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'We need trade deals': Swedish PM opposes Macron's call to slow down

Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

Published: 19.Oct.2017 14:42 hrs

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has said he opposes moves by French President Emmanuel Macron to slam the brakes on free trade deals.

Macron is set to appeal to his European Union counterparts at a summit in Brussels to go more slowly, arguing the deals are alienating EU citizens who are wary of globalization.

"I do respect different concerns of course and we need to discuss that," Löfven said in an interview with AFP in Brussels when asked about Macron's stance.

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