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EU Should Defend Itself Against U.S. Trade Measures: Germany, France, Britain

Published on Apr 30 2018 8:29 AM in Supply Chain tagged: USA / Tariffs / European Union / trump / Trade Talks

EU Should Defend Itself Against U.S. Trade Measures: Germany, France, Britain

The leaders of Germany, France and Britain urged the U.S. government on Sunday to steer clear of imposing unilateral trade measures against the European Union.

Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Theresa May agreed during a joint phone call that the European Union should defend its 28 member states from any punitive U.S. tariffs based on international multilateral rules.

Defend Its Interests

"They agreed that the United States should take no trade measures against the European Union or else the European Union should be ready to defend its interests within the framework of the multilateral trade order," a German government spokesman said in a statement.

The United States imposed import tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminium in March, but it provided a temporary exemption until May 1 for the EU. President Donald Trump will decide then whether to make the exemption permanent.

News by Reuters, edited by ESM. Click subscribe to sign up to ESM: European Supermarket Magazine.

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