In this Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 photo new German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier speaks during a news conference in Berlin. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, file)
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Germany said Thursday that any escalation of U.S. President Donald Trump's tariffs on metal imports into a full-blown trade war could cause tangible damage to the global recovery, although the tariffs themselves should have only a limited effect.It said U.S. trade policies were creating a sense of uncertainty.The tariffs on steel and aluminum will affect trade flows in some regions, but their overall implications for the global economy are likely to be manageable, it said.Germany's new economy minister, Peter Altmaier, said Trump was challenging the multilateral trade system as defined by the rules of the World Trade Organisation.
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