European Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen addresses the European Parliament during a debate on the US decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium in Strasbourg, France March 14, 2018. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler
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The European Union urged the United States Wednesday to revive trade talks rather than escalate a dispute over tariffs on metals and cars. U.S. President Donald Trump last week signed an order to impose duties on incoming steel and aluminum. He also threatened to levy a tax on EU cars if the European Union does not remove "horrific" tariffs and trade barriers on a range of goods.The EU disputes Trump's line on tariffs and his emphasis on cars, for which the U.S. tariff, at 2.5 percent, is lower than the EU's 10 percent.European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said dialogue with the United States was "intense," adding that the root cause of problems for steel and aluminum was overcapacity, a topic on which the EU, United States and Japan were cooperating.Malmstrom, who held talks with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer Saturday, said she had not been given any clear reassurance that the EU would be exempted.
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