May 15, 2019 / 6:06 AM / 7 days ago

German GDP data "first ray of hope", must resolve trade disputes -minister

BERLIN, May 15 (Reuters) - Germany’s return to economic growth in the first quarter is a “first ray of hope” following two quarters without expansion, Economy Minister Peter Altmaier told Reuters on Wednesday, but he added that this should be no reason to give the all-clear.

“The international trade disputes are still unresolved. We must do everything possible to find acceptable solutions that enable free trade,” Altmaier said.

Altmaier, a confidant of conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel, repeated his call to help companies by cutting red tape and lower taxes.

Reporting by Rene Wagner Writing by Michael Nienaber Editing by Thomas Seythal

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