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    German Economy Minister Threatens US With Lawsuit Over Car Import Taxes

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    Germany could file a lawsuit with the World Trade Organization (WTO) if the United States raises import tariffs for German cars, Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries said in an interview on Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) US President Donald Trump accused Germany of exporting more than it imports and threatened its car-making industry with a border tax on vehicles of 35 percent.

    "Another possibility is that we simply sue them in the WTO. There is a special procedure for this," Zypries told Germany’s Deutschlandfunk radio.

    The minister cited WTO regulations that include a 2.5-percent tax cap on car imports. But she appeared optimistic, saying she expected Trump to be reasonable about tariff policies, which cannot be changed overnight.

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