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Tuesday, 19 February 2019 15:00

Germany sees 'most difficult part' in EU-U.S. trade talks ahead

Germany sees 'most difficult part' in EU-U.S. trade talks ahead

The most difficult part in trade negotiations between Europe and the United States is starting now and talks should focus on reducing tariffs on industrial goods to increase the chances of a deal, German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said on Tuesday, Caspian Energy News (www.caspianenergy.net) reports with reference to Reuters.

A confidential U.S. Commerce Department report sent to President Donald Trump over the weekend is widely expected to clear the way for him to threaten tariffs of up to 25 percent on imported autos and auto parts by designating the imports a national security threat.

“For some weeks and months now, we’re observing with concern that the U.S. is tightening its trade policies, that tensions are increasing,” Altmaier told Deutschlandfunk radio.

“The impact can already be seen in the world economy, global growth has slowed,” Altmaier said. Asked about the risk of higher U.S. car tariffs, Altmaier said he did not buy the argument that imported cars would threaten the national security of the United States. He believes that reducing tariffs on cars and other manufactured goods should be the main focus of the ongoing trade talks.

Altmaier added that he was in favour of reducing import tariffs for cars to the same level in the U.S. and Europe, “ideally to zero percent”.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told a German newspaper that Trump had promised him he would not impose additional import tariffs on European cars for the time being.

If Trump imposed tariffs on European cars, however, the EU would react immediately and not feel obliged to stick to its promise to buy more soybeans and liquefied gas from the United States, Juncker added.

More details: https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-eu-us-trade-altmaier/germany-sees-most-difficult-part-in-eu-u-s-trade-talks-ahead-idUKKCN1Q80JJ?il=0

Person in charge of the newsline: Olga Nagiyeva 

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