European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom delivers a speech during an event hosted by Canada 2020 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, March 21, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
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Germany Friday called on the European Commission to back its steelmakers by insisting on global trade rules in a dispute with U.S. competitors.If EU steelmakers are found to be selling steel at unfair prices and forced to pay high tariffs in the U.S., they could face "massive disadvantages in international competition," the foreign ministry statement said.President Donald Trump has vowed to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S., if necessary by imposing heavy tariffs on imported goods -- a plan that runs counter to long-standing global consensus on free trade.Both the U.S. and the EU have sought to protect domestic steelmakers in recent months by slapping tariffs on some Chinese steel products.
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