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WTO deputy chief advises EU caution in response to US tariffs

Written by Business World, on 14th Jun 2018. Posted in World

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There is no basis in World Trade Organisation rules for U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum, but the European Union should proceed cautiously when responding to the measures, WTO deputy director-general, Karl Brauner, told a German magazine.

"I see no basis in WTO law for the tariffs imposed by the U.S.," Brauner told Wirtschaftswoche.

"A trade war is not automatic. It only occurs when an action is reacted to - and possibly triggers a chain reaction," he said, adding that the EU should "be extremely cautious and fine-tune (its) planned tariffs to minimize the collateral damage to local businesses." (Reuters)

Source: www.businessworld.ie

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