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Germany’s Dreamworld

In July, Germany’s minister for economic affairs made a revealing comment. When asked about Berlin’s refusal to adopt a tougher policy toward China to defend human rights, Peter Altmaier said that applying more pressure would threaten his country’s economic interests.
“We have trade relations with many regions across the globe, including in many cases countries that have a different understanding of civil rights than we have in Germany,” Altmaier told Politico. “I have always been convinced and I still believe that change can be achieved through trade.”

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