German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Berlin, Germany May 30, 2018. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt
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Top European officials are holding last-ditch talks Wednesday with the U.S. commerce and trade chiefs just two days before the Trump administration decides whether to hit Europe with punishing new tariffs.U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer are holding meetings Wednesday and Thursday in Paris with EU, French and German officials.A final decision on U.S. President Donald Trump's threatened steel and aluminum tariffs is expected by Friday. The European Union is seeking exemptions on the steel and aluminum tariffs, which Trump hopes will revive domestic U.S. industry but which could hurt American business activity abroad.
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