March 20, 2020 / 6:39 AM / 12 days ago

Germany to facilitate retail sector cooperation to fight coronavirus: Der Spiegel

FILE PHOTO: German Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier arrives the weekly cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany January 29, 2020. REUTERS/Michele Tantussi

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier wants to loosen anti-trust laws to allow greater cooperation between retail businesses in the fight against coronavirus, magazine Der Spiegel reported on Friday.

“If the food industry and retail sector cooperate to secure supply for citizens during the crisis then we will take up anti-trust issues with the cartel authority in order to find a solution,” Altmaier told Spiegel.

Reporting by Joseph Nasr; Editing by Michelle Martin

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