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German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel addresses a news conference in Berlin Germany, December 19, 2016. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

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BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel on Tuesday issued an indirect warning against stoking nationalism and promoting protectionism to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.

In a speech in Berlin, Gabriel said: "Nationalism and protectionism are not the recipies for greatness."

Gabriel, the leader of the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) and also Economy Minister, criticised Trump's threat to raise border taxes on BMW for cars built in Mexico. Gabriel said such trade barriers would make cars in the United States more expensive and of poorer quality.

(Reporting by Gernot Heller; writing by Erik Kirschbaum; Editing by Michelle Martin)

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