UPDATE 2-Trades push WestLB to H1 loss, fuel strategy debate


(Adds Finance Ministry, trade union comment, background) FRANKFURT, Aug 30 (Reuters) - Proprietary trading blunders pushed German lender WestLB [WDLG.UL] into a loss in the first half of the year, intensifying debate about the bank's strategic direction as regional state-backed lenders consolidate. WestLB reported a pretax loss of 38 million euros ($52 million) in the first half but said it expected to be in profit for the full year. The bank made pretax profit of 239 million euros in ...

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