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Trump's tariff threats suddenly look very real for Germany's car industry

Trump's tariff threats suddenly look very real for Germany's car industry

For as long as Donald Trump has been president, he has been threatening to slap tariffs on foreign carmakers to stop flashy German vehicles from "flooding" American streets.

On Friday, he repeated the threat and attached a specific number, tweeting about a 20 percent tariff on all automobile imports from the European Union.

Here in Stuttgart, the heartland of the German automotive industry since a couple of 19th-century engineers put the horse-drawn carriage out to pasture, a realization is setting in: He just might do it.

"Eighteen months ago, I would never have believed it," said Uwe Meinhardt, a union official who represents autoworkers in a city...

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