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EU’s Section 232 response: WTO-legal options are narrow
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EU’s Section 232 response: WTO-legal options are narrow

The EU’s top leadership reacted promptly to announcements in the US media that President Donald Trump will go ahead with slapping punitive import tariffs on steel. Trade retaliation of some form is expected from Brussels. The EU promises World Trade Organization-compatible moves. But here, the options are relatively limited, lawyers …

In brief: EU readies responses for US Section 232 tariffs and Appellate Body crisis
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In brief: EU readies responses for US Section 232 tariffs and Appellate Body crisis

The central topic on the minds of trade ministers during their informal meeting in snowy Sofia on Tuesday was the United States’s trade policies. The EU is readying a differentiated response to any possible import duties US President Donald Trump could apply to European steel and aluminium.   In February, …

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The week in EU trade: Mercosur update, data, trade ministers

This week was truly packed with activities and events related to trade. The key focus has been Brexit – the transition period and future EU-UK relationship. These topics we now cover separately in dedicated articles and a new series of blogs, the Brexit Notes. The other key focus this week …

US Section 232 remedies seen as threat to EU aluminium, steel sectors
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US Section 232 remedies seen as threat to EU aluminium, steel sectors

US proposals on how to punish foreign steel and aluminium exporters for unfair trade practices miss the point and would do more harm than good, European Aluminium says.   Global excess capacity – specifically in China – is the “root cause of the main challenges” that the aluminium industry faces …

Dispatch from Paris: How Macron’s pragmatism is winning the day on trade
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Dispatch from Paris: How Macron’s pragmatism is winning the day on trade

France’s stance on trade policy under President Emmanuel Macron has puzzled many. Yet Macron’s pragmatist logic is now starting to become clearer as his government finds its ground on the trade politics front back home and US President Donald Trump forces Paris to stay focused on the strategic dimension of …