Trade Sanctions the u.s.: “the EU must be ready to react,” says Macron, Merkel and May


The First british minister Theresa May (C), German chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and French president Emmanuel Macron during a press conference at the conclusion of meetings in Brussels, 22 march 2018 (Photo by Francois Lenoir. POOL)

Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel and Theresa May again put in the custody of the United States against trade sanctions vis-à-vis Europe, saying that the Eu “must be ready to react, if necessary, with efficiency and promptness”.

“The three leaders wish that Washington does not take measures contrary to transatlantic interests”, according to a press release published Sunday by the Elysée at the end of a telephone conversation the day before between the French president, the German chancellor and the First minister of the united kingdom.

This week, Mr. Macron and Ms. Merkel came to Washington to try to convince the american president Donald Trump to preserve the EU’s trade sanctions.

Several countries, including Canada, Mexico, the european Union and South Korea, have benefited from exemptions to the tariffs of 25% steel and 10% aluminum announced in march by the american administration. But they expire on the 1st of may, and may not be renewed.

The chief economic adviser to Donald Trump, Larry Kudlow, has also served on Thursday that the EU had to make “concessions” if she wanted to escape these rights.

The Europeans have said repeatedly that, without exemption, to measures of retaliation be aimed at products iconic american.

Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel have also pleaded with Donald Trump to back up the strategic agreement on the iranian nuclear issue.

During their telephone conversation, the three leaders exchanged views “on the double dynamic assertive to Washington”: “on the one hand, the continuation of the work of conviction until 12 may that the United States will remain in the agreement of 2015”, and “on the other hand, a work to undertake, starting now, to integrate the acquired this agreement in a framework agreement, more broad, which covers also the period after 2025, as well as the concerns of the United States and Europe on the activity ballistic on iran and the conflict in the Middle East”.

“In this dual effort, the unity of the European format, the E3 (France, Germany, the United Kingdom) will be decisive to preserve our interests and our security,” the statement continues.

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