24 July 2018
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's will visit Washington on Wednesday 25 July for trade talks with US President Donald Trump.
Speaking ahead of his visit, European Green Party co-chairs Reinhard Bütikofer and Monica Frassoni said:
"European Commission President Juncker has been tasked with presenting a united European front in his talks with US President Donald Trump. He is the only European representative in a position to demonstrate the EU’s collective will not to be pushed around by the US.
“The visit could be an opportunity for Juncker to address a wider audience within the Republican Party, which is divided over Trump’s aggressive approach to international trade. He may find them more receptive to the EU’s more moderate, positive-sum strategy.
“However, we should not be holding our breath for a positive outcome. The likelihood that Juncker will succeed in getting Trump to abolish the illegal steel and aluminium tariffs in the near future is extremely slim.
"It would at least be helpful if the US committed to exploring the range of options to ward off the eventuality of an escalating trade war that would damage both sides. We should also seize the opportunity to move forward with long-overdue WTO reform talks.
"Ultimately, it is in our interests to prepare for all eventualities, especially the worst. The US is by no means impervious to a European echo to its measures, such as against internet giants Google and Amazon, who pay no tax in Europe and reap huge profits. We should not be afraid to use our leverage if Trump shows himself unwilling to engage in constructive dialogue."
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