By Sahid Fawaz
Trump wanted a trade war. And it looks like America is getting one.
“The European Union will hit back at Donald Trump by imposing 25 per cent import tariffs on a range of American products starting on Friday, Brussels has confirmed.
The EU says the initial €2.8 billion (£2.5bn) in charges are a response to the US decision to impose tariffs on European steel and aluminium imports.
The move risks escalating the nascent trade war between the US and the rest of the world, with Mr Trump ramping up protectionism and other countries hitting back.
‘We did not want to be in this position. However, the unilateral and unjustified decision of the US to impose steel and aluminium tariffs on the EU means that we are left with no other choice,’ Trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström said on Wednesday.
‘The rules of international trade, which we have developed over the years hand in hand with our American partners, cannot be violated without a reaction from our side. Our response is measured, proportionate and fully in line with WTO rules. Needless to say, if the US removes its tariffs, our measures will also be removed.’
The bloc says it has another €3.6 billion in US products lined up for further tariffs if the WTO trade court, where it has lodged a dispute, finds in its favour. The combined tariffs will be levied on diverse products such as Bourbon whiskey, cranberry juice, motorcycles, and denim trousers – as well as American metal exports.”
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