German transport minister denies cosy ties with car industry

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  • Tuesday, 01 Aug 2017

German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt attends a press conference in Berlin, Germany, July 28, 2017. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt/File Photo

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt rejected suggestions on Tuesday that he is too closely tied to the country's car industry ahead of a national summit to discuss ways to cut pollution from diesel vehicles.

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives have come under fire from consumer and environmental groups as well as opposition lawmakers for their close links to carmakers, especially since Volkswagen admitted to cheating emissions tests in 2015. (

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