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German Economy Minister attacks PSA/Opel talks for excluding labour reps
February 14, 2017 / 3:12 PM / 9 months ago

German Economy Minister attacks PSA/Opel talks for excluding labour reps

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries said it was totally unacceptable that talks took place on French carmaker PSA Group (PEUP.PA) buying General Motors’ (GM.N) European Opel unit without consulting German works councils or local government.

New appointed Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, February 1, 2017. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

Speaking on the sidelines of a meeting of lawmakers, Zypries also said on Tuesday that the German government had no information on the talks. GM had a responsibility to ensure that Opel’s innovation centre remained in Germany, the minister said.

Earlier, PSA said it was holding talks with GM about buying Opel.

Reporting by Holger Hansen; Writing by Madeline Chambers; Editing by Michael Nienaber

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