GERMANY (OBSERVATORY) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel held telephone conversations on Saturday with French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May, during which the leaders of the three countries stressed the EU’s readiness to defend its trade interests in the event of the introduction of US duties on European products.
This was reported on Sunday by the official representative of the German government Steffen Seibert.
“They (Merkel, Macron and May) were unanimous in the opinion that the United States should not resort to trade and political measures against the EU, and the EU otherwise should be prepared to resolutely defend its interests within the international trade order,” the leaders noted. Germany, France and Great Britain.
According to Seibert, they exchanged views and coordinated their actions in the light of the talks between Merkel and Macron and US President Donald Trump, held this week.
Since March 23, the US has introduced new duties on steel and aluminum products – 25% for steel and 10% for aluminum. They are valid for all countries that supply products to the US, but Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, the Republic of Korea, as well as the EU countries received a delay until May 1.
On Friday, at a press conference with Trump in Washington, Merkel said she had discussed with him the issue of the possible introduction of duties on steel and aluminum products from the EU since May 1, and that “the decision remains for the president” of the United States.