EU's Juncker says U.S.-EU ties could do with less drama

Donald Tusk

EU's Juncker says U.S.-EU ties could do with less drama

European Union leaders, meeting in Brussels for a summit focussed more on migration, said the USA import tariffs imposed on EU steel and aluminium could not be justified and supported the European Commission's legal challenge and the duties set on US products.

In his invitation letter to European Union leaders for their summit this Thursday and Friday, Tusk said he wanted them to endorse setting up "regional disembarkation platforms outside Europe" for migrants and refugees and setting aside money specifically for combating illegal migration in the bloc's next seven-year budget from 2021.

"The EU must respond to all actions of a clear protectionist nature".

European Union leaders vowed an unwavering response to President Donald Trump's protectionism, signaling a readiness to retaliate should the USA escalate a trade war with tariffs on cars.

"We should de-dramatise these relations", Juncker told a press conference following a European Union summit, adding both the EU and the USA needed the transatlantic relations.

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Moscow accused Britain of manipulating its allies, saying earlier Wednesday that "deception is perhaps the word of the day". Instead Britain has "embroiled their allies in the blatant campaign against Russian Federation ".


European Union leaders say they will respond firmly to United States protectionism and have plans to introduce a law for screening foreign investments, according to Reuters.

Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker also cancelled a news conference scheduled for Thursday evening.

However, Varadkar also noted that he had made the point to his colleagues that any retaliatory action from the European Union side should be proportionate. This week they took another step towards breaking point, with the President of the European Council Donald Tusk warning that member states would need to prepare for "worst-case scenarios".

The U.S. needs these relations.

On the Brexit talks with the U.K., Tusk said a great deal of work remains. Earlier this week, after Harley-Davidson announced it would move some manufacturing outside the U.S.as a result of the EU's tit-for-tat levy of 25 percent on American motorbikes, European trade chief Cecilia Malmstrom said that fit in with the bloc's aims.

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