Trump trade policies could threaten German exports - Indian elections seen as test of governing party
Outgoing German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has warned against growing anti-free trade rhetoric. Without naming Trump and his America First policy, he said the world needs "more openness rather than less."
German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel says that Europe can and should step in and fill the gaps left by Donald Trump's trade policies. The focus is on the Pacific and Asia, including China and India.
US finance officials have refused to sign a commitment to free trade, breaking a decade-long tradition and effectively preventing any deal. Action against climate change has also been dropped following US intervention.
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