Trade Wars: Germany Argues With France Over Common EU Stance On U.S. Tariffs

The European Union must reach a common stance on the threatened U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum by April 30, but Germany’s willingness to give concessions is the opposite of what France wants.

France doesn’t want EU to make any concessions but instead wants to focus on pressuring China over subsidies and overcapacity in the steel industry. Germany on the other hand wants to protect its export-led industry but this might alienate other EU countries like France, Bloomberg reports.

The German government appears ready to discuss with the EU any measures to counter the U.S. threat to impose tariffs, with local media reporting that the German car industry supports a reduction in the 10 percent EU tariff on cars in order to avoid a trade dispute.

President Trump spoke with both Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron according to White House statements. He and Merkel “discussed joining forces to counter China’s unfair economic practices and of intellectual property,” as well as “leveling the playing field on tariffs,” the White House said.

Macron said to Trump that European steel and aluminum exports are not a security threat to the U.S., and that the rules of international trade need to be “reinforced” to ensure such a level playing field, according to the French President’s office.


  • Six_Tymes

    to all the haters, YOU may not know it, but this is GOOD news actually. Lets hope this plays out well, obviously it could go either way.

    • Jp

      We’ll talk about it when prices of your new favorite car will raise because of the new tariffs…

      More tariffs means pricier goods. I don’t see how a trade war is a good news.

      • FactChecker90803

        European import tax on cars, motorcycles, SuVs and pleasure crafts (Boats) is 10%. American Tax’s on the same imports from Europe are 2.5%, clearly a discrepancy exists.

        • Mr Mister

          And that discrepancy was to the benefit of American consumers who wanted to buy cars from Europe more than Europe was interested in American cars for a long time. Tariffs don’t fix issues like companies not making competitive products.

          You also ignore the “chicken tax” 25% tariff on light trucks, as well as the general more complex issue of other markets, and other factors. The US actively worked to make the dollar strong, which will inherently make imports more appealing.

          • FactChecker90803

            Irregardless, reciprocal trade will be the norm, as the president says, ” we are not looking for Free Trade, We are looking towards Fair Trade”.

    • Mr Mister

      That’s a bizarre argument. “This is GOOD news! Now let’s hope its actually GOOD news, it could be BAD news.”

    • smartacus

      breaks my heart to see two continental Eurabian Caliphates disagreeing like that

  • Craig

    It’s going to be interesting to see how all of this trade talk plays out.

  • Bash

    Me: Coffee first!

  • BGM

    And each of them is perfectly correct.

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