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Europe and the U.S. Teeter on the Brink of a Trade War

  • It’s in U.S. president’s hands now, German leader says
  • Merkel caps week of EU attempts to sway Trump at White House
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Trump and Merkel in Joint News Conferencee

German Chancellor Angela Merkel failed to win a public commitment from President Donald Trump to halt U.S. tariffs on imported steel and aluminum from Europe, leaving the two economic powers teetering on the brink of a trade war.

With a U.S. tariff exemption for the European Union expiring on May 1, Merkel said she discussed trade disputes with Trump during talks at the White House on Friday, including her offer of broader trade negotiations with the EU. She suggested the president wasn’t convinced.