A Vicious Cycle Berlin Worried about Losing Trump's Trade War

The U.S. has followed through with its threat to impose punitive tariffs on European steel and aluminum and the signs are pointing to a global trade war. The German government is doing what it can to prevent harm to its automobile industry. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron

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U.S. President Donald Trump moved last week to impose tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum from Europe.

U.S. President Donald Trump moved last week to impose tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum from Europe.

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A steel plant in Duisburg, Germany: Trump's tariffs are hitting an industry that already has more than enough problems.

A steel plant in Duisburg, Germany: Trump's tariffs are hitting an industry that already has more than enough problems.

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