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  • "I think the European Union is a foe," Trump says ahead of Putin meeting in Helsinki

    07/15/2018 1:39:12 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 64 replies
    CBS News ^ | 7-15-2018 | CBS
    Coming off a contentious NATO summit and a trip to the U.K. in which he seemed to undercut the government of America's closest ally, President Trump took aim at another Western institution just days before his high-stakes meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. In an interview with "CBS Evening News" anchor Jeff Glor in Scotland on Saturday, President Trump named the European Union -- comprising some of America's oldest allies -- when asked to identify his "biggest foe globally right now." "Well, I think we have a lot of foes. I think the European Union is a foe, what they...
  • EU council chief's riposte to Trump: Respect the allies you have

    07/10/2018 8:16:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 119 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 10, 2018 6:33 AM | Robin Emmott
    European Council President Donald Tusk told U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday to stop berating NATO allies over military investment levels ahead of what is expected to be a fraught alliance summit. […] “Dear America, appreciate your allies, after all you don’t have that many,” Tusk, a former Polish prime minister, said after a signing statement on more cooperation between the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. As European Council president, Tusk serves as the chairman when EU leaders meet at summits. Even while in the air, Trump kept up the attack. He said in a Twitter post...
  • France says Europe united against U.S. tariffs as Germany eyes negotiation

    07/08/2018 5:42:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 8, 2018 6:41 AM | Leigh Thomas, Pascale Denis
    The French government insisted on Sunday that Washington should expect united retaliation from Europe to further tariff increases after Germany signaled it was prepared to negotiate. With Germany’s powerful car industry facing the threat of higher U.S. duties, Chancellor Angela Merkel said last Thursday she would back a lowering of European Union levies on imports of U.S. cars. “If tomorrow there is an increase in tariffs, like in the car industry, our reaction should be united and strong to show that Europe is a united and sovereign power,” French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said. “The question is no longer...
  • China eyes expanded business ties with Eastern Europe amid EU concerns

    07/06/2018 7:45:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 6, 2018 9:37 PM | Tsvetelia Tsolova
    Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will offer the leaders of central and eastern Europe on Saturday expanded business ties at a summit in Sofia while seeking to reassure the EU that Beijing is not trying to divide the continent. Li, whose attendance at the seventh such “16+1” summit coincides with an escalating trade war between China and the United States, will also try to dispel growing doubts among some participants about the value of the annual meetings. China has promised billions for development projects in the region as part of its Belt and Road strategy to carve out new export markets,...
  • Trump may have a point about EU tariffs, ifo (Munich)

    06/30/2018 9:04:12 AM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 10 replies
    https://global.handelsblatt.com ^ | March 15, 2018 | Darrell Delamaide
    A leading German think tank says Donald Trump is right that tariffs between the United States and Europe are asymmetrical, but urges negotiations to lower import taxes across the board. US President Donald Trump may actually have a point when it comes to unfair taxes on US goods coming into Europe. That is the finding of a new study by a leading German think tank. Where they differ is how to deal with it: The group urges new talks to lower tariffs across the board, instead of engaging in a tit-for-tat escalation in new taxes. “The EU is by no...
  • Germany's answer to 'America First' is 'Europe United' [barf]

    06/14/2018 10:15:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 65 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 06.13.2018 | Ben Knight
    Germany has responded to US President Donald Trump’s egotistic policy of ’America First’ by calling on the European Union to “bundle its strength” and show more courage — continuing the more bellicose German rhetoric that followed the US decision last week to withdraw from a G7 statement. “Under President Trump, the Atlantic has got wider,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Wednesday, standing at a podium emblazoned with the hashtag #EuropeUnited. “Where the US administration overtly calls our values and interests into question, we certainly need to take a more robust stance.” During the speech, delivered to a room...
  • Angela Merkel accuses US of running trade surplus — if you include services

    06/12/2018 10:29:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 06.12.2018 | dm/cmk (Reuters, dpa)
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday struck back at US President Donald Trump’s repeated complaints over the US trade deficit. Merkel pointed out the United States actually runs a significant account surplus with Europe if one factors services into the equation. She went on to say that the current accounting systems for global trade needed to be updated to also take services into account. “Trade surpluses are calculated in a relatively old-fashioned way nowadays,” she told an audience of businessmen at the Christian Democratic Union’s Economic Council Conference in Berlin. “If services are included in the trade balance, then the...
  • Apocalypse Angie: Merkel's Dark View of the World We Live In

    06/07/2018 10:09:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | June 05, 2018 04:12 PM | René Pfister
    When Angela Merkel visited her party’s parliamentary group in mid-April, she didn’t talk about how she wants to change the pension system. Tolls on German highways were also not on her list, nor were all the problems with diesel emissions in the country. She didn’t even complain about the Christian Social Union (CSU), the outspoken Bavarian sister party to her Christian Democrats. Instead, she wanted to talk about the Peace of Augsburg, signed in 1555. […] […] If you look at the world through her lens, the riders of the apocalypse are already appearing on the horizon. […] In her...
  • A Vicious Cycle: Berlin Worried about Losing Trump's Trade War

    06/07/2018 9:40:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | June 06, 2018 12:35 PM | Dinah Deckstein, Frank Dohmen, Simon Hage, Peter Müller and Gerald Traufetter
    It was exactly 4 p.m. last Thursday when Peter Altmaier plopped into his seat. The pilot of the government plane quickly taxied to the runway and the German economics minister was happy to get out of Le Bourget business airport in Paris as quickly as possible. Altmaier had spent two days in the French capital last week as part of efforts to prevent the United States from imposing punitive tariffs on steel and aluminum from the European Union. And just before taking off for home, he received official word that his efforts had been in vain. […] In contrast to...
  • Calls grow in Germany for expulsion of disputed US envoy

    06/05/2018 11:54:07 AM PDT · by familyop · 40 replies
    AFP ^ | June 5, 2018 | Hui Min NEO
    <p>BERLIN (AFP) - Leading German politicianson Tuesday called for the US ambassador to be expelled, after the staunch ally of Donald Trump was accused of meddling in domestic politics and aggravating already tense ties.</p> <p>Richard Grenell had taken up his diplomatic posting in Berlin on May 8, and immediately irked Germany when he tweeted on the same day that German companies should stop doing business with Iran as Trump quit the nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic.</p>
  • Merkel predicts 'contentious' G7 summit with Trump

    06/06/2018 10:13:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 6 June 2018 14:55 CEST+02:00 | AFP/DPA/The Local
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday she expected “contentious discussions” at a G7 summit this week, given differences with US President Donald Trump on trade, climate and security. Speaking two days before the Canada meeting of the club of major industrialized democracies, Merkel also said the leaders may not necessarily manage to agree on a final joint statement. “I think everyone knows there will be difficult discussions there, because G7 summits deal with the global economy, trade, climate protection, development—and foreign policy,” she told German parliament. […] Merkel vowed to enter the talks “in good faith”, but stressed that...
  • 'Germany vs the rest of Europe' Trump tariffs to rupture EU with backlash against Merkel

    06/02/2018 12:39:37 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 42 replies
    UK Express ^ | June 2, 2018 | Oli Smith
    Europe hit back at the US after President Donald Trump slapped tough tariffs on European steel and aluminium earlier this week. The united front was delivered from European Union's trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom who warned President Trump of retaliation. However, the unity shown in response to the tariffs could quickly change, according to a leading currency strategist. Jane Foley, a senior currency strategist at Rabobank, predicted that over time the tariffs will start to hurt and the rest of Europe will blame Germany. "This could become Germany versus the rest of the EU. "If you look at the US Treasury...
  • 'Illegal' US tariffs risk 'escalation spiral' in global trade, Merkel warns

    06/01/2018 7:12:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 1 June 2018 09:12 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    Chancellor Angela Merkel blasted US import duties on steel and aluminum imports Thursday as “illegal” and said they risked sparking a disastrous “spiral” of retaliatory measures. “The German government rejects the tariffs imposed by the US on steel and aluminum. We consider this unilateral measure to be illegal; the cited grounds of national security do not stand up,” Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement. “The measure risks touching off spirals of escalation that in the end hurt everyone.” Merkel said the European Union had made the “necessary preparations for appropriate countermeasures” to the tariffs, after EU chief Jean-Claude...
  • US impose new trade tariffs; EU, Mexico pledge to retaliate

    05/31/2018 8:02:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 31, 2018 10:44 AM EDT | Ken Thomas and Angela Charlton
    The Trump administration announced Thursday it will impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Europe, Mexico and Canada after failing to win concessions from the American allies. Europe and Mexico pledged to retaliate quickly, exacerbating trans-Atlantic and North American trade tensions. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the tariffs would be 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum, and go into effect on Friday, as the administration followed through on the penalties after earlier granting exemptions to buy time for negotiations. President Donald Trump had announced the tariffs in March, citing national security concerns. The European Commission’s president,...
  • Merkel visits China seeking united front against Trump on trade, Iran

    05/22/2018 7:10:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    AFP via TheLocal.de ^ | 22 May 2018 14:18 CEST+02:00
    Chancellor Angela Merkel visits China on Thursday, seeking to close ranks with the world’s biggest exporting nation as US President Donald Trump shakes up explosive issues from trade to Iran’s nuclear deal. Finding a common strategy to ward off a trade war and keep markets open will be Merkel’s priority when she meets with President Xi Jinping, as Washington brandishes the threat of imposing punitive tariffs on aluminium and steel imports. “Both countries are in agreement that open markets and rules-based world trade are necessary. That’s the main focus of this trip,” Merkel’s spokeswoman Martina Fietz said in Berlin on...
  • Revolt: Three EU nations block resolution meant to “embarrass and isolate” the White House

    05/13/2018 4:51:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 79 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | May 13, 2018 | JAZZ SHAW
    Preparations are underway for the grand opening of the new United States embassy to Israel in Jerusalem. While the President won’t be able to attend as he prepares for his summit with North Korea, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump have arrived to do the honors along with a number of other delegates. But not everyone is quite so thrilled with this development, particularly in some parts of the European Union. They were preparing to put forward a resolution condemning the embassy move, delivering a statement which was explicitly designed to “embarrass and isolate the Trump administration” ahead of the ceremony....
  • Exposed and dependent: Germany desperate to avoid trade war

    05/06/2018 4:56:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 4, 2018 11:28 AM | Paul Carrel, Michael Nienaber
    As Europe’s biggest exporter to the United States and with more than 1 million German jobs at stake, Germany is desperate to avoid a European Union trade war with the United States. In the run-up to a June 1 deadline for U.S. President Donald Trump to impose steel and aluminum tariffs on the EU, Berlin is urging its European partners to show some flexibility and pursue a broad trade deal that benefits both sides. But that puts Germany at odds with European peers such as France. Paris, the other half of the motor driving European integration, resents Germany’s big trade...
  • French economy minister Le Maire says Air France 'will disappear' unless crisis stops

    05/06/2018 8:23:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    France 24 ^ | 05/06/2018 | [France 24 with Reuters and AFP]
    France’s economy minister Bruno Le Maire said Sunday that Air France employees must resume dialogue with bosses and restart efforts to improve the company’s competitiveness, otherwise the airline “will disappear”. “I appeal to the sense of responsibility of everyone involved: flight crew, ground staff, the pilots asking for unjustified pay increases,” he said on French TV news channel BFMTV. “Take responsibility — Air France’s survival is at stake.” Le Maire added that “the state is not there to pay off the company’s debts”. …
  • Germany calls for 'permanent exemption' from Trump tariffs

    05/01/2018 9:03:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 1 May 2018 09:48 CEST+02:00
    Germany on Tuesday called for a “permanent exemption” on steel and aluminium tariffs, after the US decided to postpone a decision on the issue. “The German government has taken note” of the decision by US President Donald Trump to hold off on imposing controversial tariffs on steel and aluminium from the EU, Canada and Mexico, a government spokeswoman said. But Germany “is still waiting for a permanent exemption” from the tariffs and wants the European Commission to “continue dialogue with the United States”. Germany’s call came as the European Union accused the United States of prolonging “market uncertainty” with its...
  • German minister: EU should not risk trade war with US over tariffs dispute

    04/30/2018 9:51:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 04.29.2018 | amp/cmk (dpa, Reuters)
    German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier on Sunday warned the European Union against sparking a trade war with the US in the dispute over US tariffs on steel and aluminum. “I’m of the opinion that neither the US nor the Europeans should risk a trade war,” said Altmaier during a talk show on German public broadcaster ARD. He warned that the trans-Atlantic relationship was at stake. […] Altmaier, who is a member of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives (CDU/CSU), said the EU should try to solve the tariff dispute, along with other trade disagreements, in a comprehensive US-EU deal. Earlier, the...