March 18, 2018 / 3:56 PM / 10 months ago

Germany keen for dialogue with U.S. on trade, finance minister tells ARD

FILE PHOTO - German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier is sworn-in by Parliament President Wolfgang Schaeuble in Germany's lower house of parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Germany, March 14, 2018. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said it was important to start a dialogue with the United States about planned U.S. trade sanctions, but it was unclear if differences between Washington and Brussels could be resolved by the end of the week.

Altmaier told German broadcaster ARD that Germany and the European Union were keen to avoid a trade war with Washington.

He stressed that Europe would not let itself be divided by the United States.

Reporting by Hans-Edzard Busemann; Writing by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Catherine Evans

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