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Trump Preparing To Hit EU With Billions In Tariffs: Report

Via Zerohedge

Washington is reportedly preparing to announce tariffs on billions of euros of goods from the European Union, following a confidential decision by the WTO that was just handed down on Friday,  Politico reports, citing four anonymous EU officials.

According to these officials, the WTO ruled in favor of the US on Friday in a case against Airbus, ending a long-running transatlantic dispute between the world’s two largest aircraft manufacturers. It’s not the first finding against Airbus, an earlier ruling was released in April, which found that Airbus had benefited from illegal state subsidies.

The decision will open the door fo President Trump to slap the tariffs on goods ranging from cheese to aircraft components. One official reportedly said that Trump had won the right to collect between €5 billion and €8 billion in tariff revenues. Another said the maximum sum is closer to $10 billion.

This is terrible news for the market of course, since any sign that Washington is opening up a new front in the trade war could end the rally, just as markets were nearing new highs.

But a showdown between the incoming European Commission and the White House was probably inevitable, since most people expected that Trump was putting off his decision on tariffs until the new members of the European Commission were announced. That happened Tuesday.

On Tuesday, incoming Commission President Ursula von der Leyen signaled an aggressive approach to transatlantic trade. She has appointed incoming Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan, an Irish farmer, to lead trade negotiations with Washington.

Washington has indicated it would follow through with tariffs if it won the case in Geneva and has prepared a list of EU exports worth about $21 billion, they can choose any amount of products from the list.

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“She has appointed incoming Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan, an Irish farmer, to lead trade negotiations with Washington.”

This will be interesting.

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It’s time that the penny dropped in Europe’s brain. The US is neither Europe’s nor anyone else’s friend. It is untrustworthy and duplicitous. It does nothing but cause trouble wherever it goes in the world. It gives the world no peace. It’s time that Europe turned its back on the US and turned its front to the east. It’s time to shut down Nato, and kick the US bases out of Europe. A few trade deals and treaties might be in the way, but so what? The US either ignores or tears up treaties as it pleases so it gives… Read more »

Burp!
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Good riddance, EU.

It Was A Nice Ride While It Lasted
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It Was A Nice Ride While It Lasted

Are you another one of those munsters of the universe always chiming in with a burp?

Gosplan West
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Gosplan West

Boeing doesn’t enjoy state subsidies? Could’a fooled me.

The Pentagram
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The Pentagram

I dare you to find any Boeing subsidies in our budget. We can’t even find what the hell we spend it on. (that’s the story, anyway….and we’re stickin’ to it).

Olivia Kroth
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Maybe these new tariffs will lead to the Eu trading more with Russia, which will be a good thing.

Gillo Pontecorvo
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Gillo Pontecorvo

First, they must cast off their shackles.

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