Seconds out: Europe and US prepare for a battle over trade

Seconds out: Europe and US prepare for a battle over trade
US president Donald Trump and, right, Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission

With Brexit parked for now, the European Union and the US are to start talks on a trade deal. But already hackles are raised

Officials in Brussels were able to heave a small sigh of relief last week, for two reasons. They didn’t have to board the Brexit bus once again, or pretend to smile at British negotiators turning up with the same pieces of frayed paper as the week before. And they finally agreed to start the outstanding trade negotiations with the US, the kind of distant conversations which ultimately have a direct impact on the cost of everything we buy – food, drugs, cars, household goods, machinery.

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