Merkel gives full backing to EU-US trade deal

Speaking at a press conference with US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has given her support to a proposed EU-US trade deal, for which negotiations are to begin next month.

Merkel said that both sides win from such a free trade agreement, and gave the deal her full backing. Obama echoed these comments.

On recent revelations about US surveillance, Merkel said "we talked about the internet especially in the context of PRISM" and said that "an equitable balances needs to be struck" on security.

You can watch the conference live here.