HOW THE U.S. PROPOSES TO RESOLVE THE DISPUTE OVER AUTO TARIFFS?

The U.S. Proposal : Elimination of all tariffs on automobile imports on both sides and removal of non-tariff barriers, such as regulations on the size of rear mirrors. The proposal however has strings attached: The German companies must commit to invest and create more jobs in the US.

EUROPE’S PARALYSIS

While nations like North Korea and China take advantage of Trumpian chaos to improve their position in the international order, Europe remains paralyzed. European foreign policy, particularly toward great powers, remains dependent on the American position. The European Union as a whole has no integrated or coherent strategy for managing relations with great powers, while the EU member states usually don’t take a geo-strategic approach either.

HOW TO TORPEDO WTO RULES

The Trump administration has crafted a draft bill ordered by the president  that would declare America’s abandonment of World Trade Organization rules. The bill essentially provides President Donald Trump who has argued for a better position for the U.S. in big trade pacts  a license to raise U.S. tariffs at will, without congressional consent and largely outside of the international rules governed by the WTO.

A LOOK AT POSSIBLE TOPICS FOR THE U.S.-RUSSIA SUMMIT

There are a lot of issues to talk about that have accumulated

ZOOM ON SYRIAN REFUGEES

Nearly 13 million Syrians are displaced a total that amounts to about six-in-ten of Syria’s pre-conflict population:

EU MIGRATION DEAL

AUSTRIA’S PRIORITIES FOR UPCOMING PRESIDENCY

U.S.-RUSSIA SUMMIT

Presidents Trump and Putin appear set to hold a summit meeting in July.

Benefits

COUNTERING TRUMP’S THREATS

European leaders are sick and tired of Trump, who has been an exasperating, unpredictable and unfriendly negotiating partner to them, fitting no definition of an ally. But the Europeans are reluctant to abandon the existing trade rules and allow them to be replaced by an unpredictable might-based system. This isn’t merely about commercial interests; its about principles and rules.

TRUMP'S TRADE TEAM MYOPIA

President Trump’s recent  imposition of tariffs on the imports of steel and aluminum is but the latest evidence of a wrongheaded and dangerous U.S. trade policy. Wrongheaded because it is based on incorrect economic analysis. Dangerous because it will inevitably result in a trade war in which there are no winners.

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