Germany raises 2017 growth forecast to 2.2 percent

BERLIN, Jan 9 (Reuters) - The German government expects 2017 economic growth to come in at 2.2 percent, Deputy Economy Minister Matthias Machnig said on Tuesday, higher than the 2 percent forecast in October.

"And we assume that it will continue at about the same level," Machnig said, referring to 2018.

(Reporting by Gernot Heller; Writing by Joseph Nasr; Editing by Thomas Escritt)