German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier and Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen attend the weekly cabinet meeting in Berlin, April 25, 2018. (REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch)
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A top German minister urged EU states to agree a common stance to negotiate with the United States on trade, acknowledging differences with France, after President Donald Trump extended a temporary reprieve for the EU on steel and aluminium tariffs.The United States is Germany's most important export destination after the rest of the EU, and exports account for roughly 40 percent of German economic output.A German government spokesman reiterated that Berlin expects the EU to secure a permanent exemption from U.S. tariffs and the priority was to keep talking.
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