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Will Merkel target US cars and tech?

Angela Merkel shakes hands with Donald Trump
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Is German Chancellor Angela Merkel preparing to hit back against US tariffs with action against America's car industry?

There were heavy hints on Friday that Europe's strategic interests included its own car industry. President Donald Trump had already given national security as a reason for threatening punitive tariffs on German cars.

Ms Merkel says: "We should think about the strategic significance of the auto industry for the European Union so we can prepare an exchange with the US."

Speaking at an event to mark 70 years of Germany's "social market" economic model, she said the market dominance of giant US internet platforms also posed a challenge to Europe's social model.

"The platform economy is a big problem," she said. "It challenges both our competition authorities and the EU's, and raises the question of whether they need to get involved in the matter of the big concentration of big platforms from the US."

Memorial unveiled for GUNS founder in Germany

Rob England

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Charles Machon memorial
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The founder of a group which risked their lives to give islanders in occupied Guernsey illegal pro-Allied news has been given a memorial headstone at his grave in Germany.

Charles Machon was the founder of GUNS (Guernsey Underground News Service), a group of islanders which transcribed BBC news broadcasts and circulated them.

Charles Machon
Guernsey Archives

Occupying German forces did not want islanders to see pro-Allied propaganda, confiscating radios and making it a punishable offence to listen to the news.

In 1944 Machon was discovered along with other members of GUNS. He was sentenced to two years and one month hard labour and deported.

A ceremony was held on Tuesday. It was attended by his grandson, Phil Machon and his wife Diana Hill.