US President Donald Trump is preparing to impose tariffs on US$7.5 billion of imports from Europe. Photo: AP

Trump puts politics before common sense with EU trade war

  • The US president is looking for distractions from impeachment push as well as trying to make economic gains for the supporters he will need to win the 2020 poll
Topic |   World Trade Organisation (WTO)

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US President Donald Trump is preparing to impose tariffs on US$7.5 billion of imports from Europe. Photo: AP
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US and European Union flags at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels in February 2017. Photo: Reuters

US to hit Europe with tariffs on up to US$7.5 billion in goods after landmark World Trade Organisation ruling

  • Plans include 10 per cent duties on large civil aircraft and 25 per cent levies on items such as wine, cheese, olives and Irish and Scotch whiskies
  • Trump given go-ahead by WTO to impose sanctions in retaliation for illegal government aid to Airbus
Topic |   US-ally trade wars

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US and European Union flags at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels in February 2017. Photo: Reuters
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