Germany's reliance on export-driven growth was a hot topic when U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew arrived in Berlin on Wednesday, after figures showed the country's exports rose for a fourth consecutive month.
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At a press conference with German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, Lew reiterated concerns that Germany's dependence on exports rather than domestic demand was unbalancing European and global trade and capital flows.
"We think more domestic demand and investment would be a good thing (for Germany)," Lew told reporters on Wednesday.
"We have raised concerns about the positive balances in surplus economies generally. I know that it is a difficult balance in Germany, as it is in any country, to get it right and we continue to believe that policies that would promote more domestic demand and investment would be good for the German economy and the global economy," he said.