U.S. and European Union agree to ease tensions over trade disagreements

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European Union imports of U.S. soybeans will remain strong for economic reasons with talks between U.S. President Donald Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker giving them only a symbolic boost, European traders and analysts said.

Trump promised the U.S. would not impose tariffs on the import of European cars, something the United States had threatened to do in retaliation to taxes imposed on certain American goods entering Europe following Trump's decision to levy extra taxes on imported aluminium and steel.

In return for a pledge by Trump to suspend the threat of an extra tariff on European Union vehicle exports, Juncker reheated proposals to bolster transatlantic economic ties and buy more liquefied natural gas from the U.S. Such a move would ease Europe's reliance on Russian gas.

But while the announcement seems to talk back Trump's tweet from Tuesday that "tariffs are the greatest," achieving the goal of free and fair trade will require significant negotiations and eventually congressional approval.

United States import tariffs of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminum imposed in March will remain in place during the talks, but Juncker added: 'It is the first time that the Americans agreed to reassess the measure that they have taken in the steel and aluminum sector'.

"I also think that Xi is better placed to make more concessions than Juncker was able to offer, and thus obtain more concrete results from Trump", says Rothman.

"We agreed today, to work together toward zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, and zero subsidies on non-auto industrial goods", he went on.

DBV, an association of German farmers, said it welcomed de-escalation in the trade dispute but did not expect changes in soybean trade.

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European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi called the tentative truce a "good sign, because in a sense it shows that there is a willingness to discuss trade issues in a multilateral framework again".

President Donald Trump claimed Thursday he has "opened" European markets for United States agricultural products, touting himself as a champion of skeptical American farmers.

According to the newspaper's sources, Trump proposed scrapping these licenses altogether, however, his aides were categorically against such an idea, stating that licenses are vital for USA national security. Not to mention the $34 billion in Chinese goods the administration has so far hit with tariffs in yet another dispute over the predatory practices China deploys in a push to challenge USA high-tech dominance.

Since then, Heck said the price of his soybeans has continued to drop. China, meanwhile, retaliated with duties on pork and soybeans. Most presidents insist that the clip book contain the good coverage with the bad so that they may gain an accurate portrait of the day's media coverage, Vox reported.

During the meeting, the European Union agreed to import more American soybeans and liquefied natural gas. It will also allow USA consumers to purchase European goods at cheaper prices, putting more money in their pockets and stimulating the US economy. "It's good that there's now increasing recognition of the fact that the U.S. can only be strong if it has strong partnerships".

Commerce Secretary Wilber Ross claimed Trump's climb-down and Europe's promise to hold trade talks and to import more soybeans as a victory.

Harley-Davidson said it's working with the Trump administration and other governments to try to get the tariffs removed. On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a $12 billion financial aid package to help them.

American small businesses and consumers are hoping that President Trump can quickly replicate yesterday's success with the European Union with China, and negotiate a freer and fairer trading relationship than what has existed in the past.

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