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European Union Hits Trump With Fighting Talk On Trade


(Jim Brunsden & Mehreen Khan – Financial Times)

Europe is running out of soldierly metaphors to underline its determination not to be cowed by Donald Trump’s threat of steel tariffs.

After Emmanuel Macron warned in March that the EU would not be bullied into holding trade talks “with a gun pointed at our head,” it was the turn of Jean-Claude Juncker on Thursday to stress that Europe’s leaders will not negotiate with “the Sword of Damocles” hanging over them.

In fact, EU leaders emerged from talks in Sofia with a nuanced position on how to handle possible US action against the bloc’s steel and aluminium exports — one designed to patch over very real differences of opinion about how tough Europe should be.
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