U.S. to impose tariffs on United States dollars 7.5 billion of European Union imports

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Those have been spared, however.

The current wave of tariffs finds the global economy sliding towards recession, with a full-blown Sino-American trade war and the prospect of a no-deal Brexit nearing closer.

European Union trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said this week that there had not yet been a positive response to that proposal, but that the bloc would continue to pursue a deal that avoided further tariffs and deterioration in trans-Atlantic trade.

The U.S. imposed the tariffs after getting approval from the World Trade Organization over European subsidies for plane-maker Airbus.

Airbus and U.S. firm Boeing Co, the world's two largest plane makers, have waged a war of attrition over subsidies at the WTO since 2004. Bottles from France, Spain and Germany will now face 25 percent tariffs.

And the official indicated the other European Union member countries that will be hit by tariffs could help convince Brussels to end the subsidies to the aircraft manufacturer. The office said it "will continually re-evaluate" the tariffs based on discussions with the EU.

Goods from European countries that are not part of the Airbus consortium, such as Italy, would still be targeted, a U.S. official said, arguing that all EU nations bear responsibility for the situation.

The Spanish government said Friday that it was summoning the American ambassador in Madrid so that it could express its "complete opposition" to the proposed tariffs.

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in a statement.

It said that Washington's tariffs on aircraft or aircraft parts would raise the cost of acquiring new aircraft for both American and European airlines, and create insecurity and disruption to the aerospace industry and the broader global economy.

U.S. tariffs on European goods have plunged Britain into a trade war between the European Union and United States just as it plans to leave the 28-nation bloc, infuriating Scotch whisky makers and handing it a dilemma over thousands of Airbus jobs. Reacting to the news on Wednesday evening, M Le Maire said that United States sanctions would be a "political and economic mistake" as he called for the dispute to be resolved "amicably". That helps support 275,000 jobs in 40 states through spending that totaled $50 billion in the past three years, a figure it aims to double over the next decade.

Britain - which builds wings for Airbus jets and has been found to subsidise the jetmaker alongside France, Germany and Spain - said it was seeking confirmation from the WTO that it had obeyed its rulings and should not be subject to tariffs.

Echoing Recarte's sentiments, the secretary general for the European Dairy Association, Alexander Anton said in a statement: "I can not see any reason to make basically the United States cheese aficionados pay for the aircraft battle".

Although the WTO ruling allows Washington to penalise the bloc with duties of up to 100 percent, the USA has chosen not to apply the maximum rate, but "has the authority to increase the tariffs at any time, or change the products affected", Mr Lighthizer's office added.

Trump wrote in a tweet, "The U.S. won a $7.5 Billion award from the World Trade Organization against the European Union, who has for many years treated the US very badly on Trade due to Tariffs, Trade Barriers, and more". The bloc had shared proposals with the United States as recently as July for a new regime on aircraft subsidies, but had so far received no response. "The imposition of tariffs will also disproportionately hit smaller, craft distillers - threatening businesses and jobs", Callan said while encouraging the Irish government to lower excise taxes and provide targeted funding to support Irish producers in the upcoming budget. A businessman! If you can negotiate with enemies, do it with allies first."In June 2018, the European Union imposed 25% tariffs on American whiskey in response to US steel and aluminium tariffs".

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