EU braces for Trump broadside as steel tariff deadline looms

The EU us preparing for a trade offensive from the US amid a report that President Trump is about to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imported from the bloc.

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The European Union is bracing for a trade offensive from President Donald Trump, amid a report the US is poised to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum from the bloc.

Trump slapped 25 percent tariffs on imported steel and 10 percent on aluminum in March, but granted reprieve to the EU, Canada and Mexico until June 1 for further talks to take place. At meetings in Paris this week, EU leaders are staging a last-ditch attempt to convince US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for extended relief from the duties.

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