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EU Diplomats Give Green Light to U.S. Trade Talks

  • Bloc clears way for negotiations on cuts in industrial duties
  • Europe seeks to show progress over July 2018 political pact
Cecilia Malmstrom
Cecilia MalmstromPhotographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg
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European Union ambassadors gave the go-ahead for trade talks with the U.S. as the bloc seeks to keep at bay the threat of American automotive tariffs, according to two officials with knowledge of the decision.

Envoys from the 28-nation EU approved a mandate for the bloc’s trade chief, Cecilia Malmstrom, to negotiate cuts in industrial tariffs with the U.S., the officials said on the condition of anonymity because the deliberations were behind closed doors.