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EU won’t give in to Trump trade threats

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President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker speaks during a press conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on July 16, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO

Europe won’t give in to threats by US President Donald Trump, Germany’s foreign minister said Tuesday, ahead of the European Commission chief’s visit to Washington to prevent an all-out trade war.

“No one has an interest in having punitive tariffs, because everyone loses in the end,” Heiko Maas wrote on Twitter.

“Europe will not be threatened by President Trump. If we cede once, we will often have to deal with such behaviour in the future,” added the foreign minister of Europe’s biggest economy.

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker is embarking Wednesday on last-ditch efforts to convince Trump to hold off imposing punitive tariffs on European cars.

The potential car tariffs, which would deal a blow to Germany’s mighty automobile industry, come on top of high levies already slapped by Trump on aluminium and steel imports.

The European Commission has already reacted with a raft of retaliatory tariffs to the metal taxes, but new levies on cars would prompt Europe to take further action.


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