Germany Demands Clarity From GM on Opel’s Future, Spiegel Says

German Economy Minister Philipp Roesler is putting pressure on General Motors Co. (GM) to clarify its plans for its Adam Opel GmbH unit, Der Spiegel magazine reported, citing an interview.

The management of Russelsheim-based Opel fear that a plan of GM to focus development of new models from its Detroit headquarters will hurt Opel sales in Europe, where car buyers’ demands differ from their U.S. counterparts, according to the magazine.

Roesler’s request to meet GM management on a trip to the U.S. this month has gone unanswered, according to Spiegel. “This unworthy theater has to stop now -- Opel’s workforce needs clarity,” Roesler is cited as saying.

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