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What Higher U.S. Car Tariffs Could Mean for Europe

Aug 27, 2018 | 09:00 GMT
Cars from German manufacturer Audi await transport in the German port city of Bremerhaven in July 2017.

Cars from German manufacturer Audi await transport in the German port city of Bremerhaven in July 2017. The Trump administration has threatened to impose higher tariffs on cars imported from the European Union.

(PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Trade friction between the United States and the European Union has de-escalated since late July, when they agreed to study ways to eliminate non-auto industrial tariffs and reduce non-tariff barriers. While the agreement defused the immediate danger of higher American tariffs on European cars, it did not eliminate the threat, and business and political leaders in the bloc remain nervous. The precedents don't allow for a lot of optimism either, because most of the trade negotiations that the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has undertaken have either stalled or failed to produce a deal....

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