#FactOfTheDay 27/07/2018 – Deal between Trump and Juncker

#FactOfTheDay 27/07/2018 – Deal between Trump and Juncker

There is a truce between Donald Trump and Europe. Jean Claude Juncker arrived at the White House in the hope of defusing the commercial tensions with the US that risk to irreversibly worsen the relations between the two sides of the Atlantic. And the president of the EU Commission managed to get an agreement.

The two agreed to launch a “new phase” in relations and work towards zero tariffs, the US president said. They also agreed to increase trade in services and agriculture, including greater US soy bean exports to the EU. No announcement was made on auto tariffs, and it was not clear whether any progress had been made on resolving the issue. Mr Trump had threatened to impose 25% tariffs on European auto imports. Mr Juncker said that both he and the president had agreed to reassess national security barriers in “due time”.

Before the meeting, the two leaders didn’t wait for an agreement. Indeed, a few days ago Trump, who defined the president of the EU Commission “a very intelligent but also very hard man”, had labeled him as “a killer”, speaking of the European Union as “an enemy for the United States”. If the truce was really reached, it will be seen in the coming weeks, also because in the comparison between the protectionist doctrine of “America First” and the values ​​of globalism and multilateralism embodied by the European Union, political dynamics have to be taken in consideration. Meantime the White House follows with great interest political developments throughout Europe, with the progress of populist movements and parties almost everywhere. But as for now Washington and Brussels have decided to talk.

 Maria Elena Argano

 

For further information:

ANSA Website: http://www.ansa.it/sito/notizie/cronaca/2018/07/25/trump-lanciata-una-nuova-fase-dei-rapporti-tra-usa-e-ue_19763345-c041-403f-b085-956a6009ecee.html

La Repubblica Website: http://www.repubblica.it/economia/2018/07/25/news/trump_ue_dazi-202667746/

BBC Website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-44961560

Maria Elena Argano

Après un bachelier en sciences politiques et relations internationales à l'Université de Palerme, j'ai décidé de continuer mon parcours à Bruxelles, en master de sciences politiques et relations internationales avec spécialisation paix, sécurité et conflits. En 2015, j'ai commencé mon parcours professionnel au sein de l’Institut Méditerranéen d’études internationales (IMESI). Ensuite, en 2016, pendant un an, j’ai été assistante de recherche pour le Research Unit One. Actuellement je suis coordinatrice du département consacré à la politique extérieure, sécurité et défense à l'IMESI. Chez EU-Logos, je m'occupe du portefeuille des relations extérieures et plus spécifiquement les relations entre l'UE et l'OTAN.

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