German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte met in The Hague on Wednesday to discuss Brexit ahead of next week's European Union summit in Brussels. Negotiations between the UK and EU are still to reach a comprehensive deal on both parties' future relationship, as the March 2019 deadline looms. The EU's chief neogtiator Michel Barnier was confident that a compromise... Еще could be found by next week. Rutte identified key the customs union and the Northern Ireland border issue as key obstacles. The German leader felt there had been «progress» in the talks as they enter a «decisive phase».