Last year, Germany exported over $20 billion worth of cars to the US. Punitive tariffs would hit German carmakers hard.
Donald Trump ratchets up tensions with plans to impose more tariffs on China. Such punitive measures might be effective in the short term, but in the grander scheme, China has the upper hand, says DW’s Frank Sieren.
After Trump reiterated his anti-free trade rhetoric at the G7, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker hit back with a more traditional weaponry known as "the facts." German automakers eye proceedings nervously.
Ebbing interest in diesel-engine vehicles and more public holidays caused car sales in Germany to decline in May compared to a year earlier. But experts said the domestic car market remains in good shape overall.
On a bright May day, the northern city of Hamburg became the first in Germany to enact a diesel ban. But the city's residents are less than bowled over by the new arrangement, which has significant limitations.
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