German Minister of Economics Robert Habeck intends to make values the guiding principle of trade policy – and is making an example of VW. “A company that also operates in the Uyghur province wanted to extend investment guarantees. We are not agreeing to that,” Habeck told the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag. Human rights are being given “greater weight in German economic policy.” It was the first time that such guarantees did not materialize because a company was associated with human rights violations. According to the German newsmagazine Der Spiegel, the company in question is Volkswagen.
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