The EU Doesn’t Want a Trade War Over the WTO Airbus Ruling. Does Trump?

President Donald Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in the Rose Garden of the White House, Washington, July 25, 2018 (AP photo by Evan Vucci).
President Donald Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in the Rose Garden of the White House, Washington, July 25, 2018 (AP photo by Evan Vucci).
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The U.S. announced last week that it will begin imposing new tariffs on $7.5 billion in imports from the European Union on Oct. 18. Unless there is a quick settlement to an underlying dispute over plane-manufacturing subsidies, which seems unlikely given that it has dragged on for 15 years, American lovers of single-malt scotch, French wine and cheese, Spanish olive oil and English wool sweaters had better stock up on these and other items imported from Europe. Yet these tariffs aren’t like the others imposed so far under President Donald Trump, and it is premature to assume they signal the […]

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