German Economics Minister Peter Altmaier has been taken to a Berlin hospital and is being treated by doctors there, dpa has learned. Altmaier attended a dinner of the parliamentary economics committee on Monday evening. The tabloid Bild initially reported the story, saying the 63-year-old had been taken to the Charite hospital by ambulance. Details of his condition have not emerged. Altmaier, of the Christian Democrats (CDU), is a close confidante of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.