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German economy minister: Trump signals on trade "alarming"

Germany's economy minister says President Donald Trump's administration has sent "alarming" signals on trade so far, but in comments published Wednesday she said isolationism would also hurt the U.S. economy and it's important to keep talking with Washington.

Germany has the biggest economy in the 28-nation European Union and is one of the world's biggest exporters. It is wary of a more protectionist U.S. approach under the new administration.

"What we have been experiencing for the last 10 days is alarming and disconcerting," Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries was quoted as telling German daily Bild. "This goes in completely the wrong...