Don’t exploit agriculture to block a deal, German diplomat says to EU, US


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Don’t exploit agriculture to block a deal, German diplomat says to EU, US

On Tuesday, the 9th of July 2019, ahead of a possible trade talk between EU and US in order to avert another trade spat in context of US President Donald Trump’s latest threat of hiking tariff on $4 billion worth of EU products, a senior German diplomat said that the European Union and United States should use some common sense to forge ahead with a formal negotiation to reach a trade agreement instead of allowing agriculture to prevent any kind of progress, given the extent of losses US farmers had to grapple with over the eleven-month-long Sino-US trade spat.

Adding that both sides should back off of their stubborn stance, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative and the transatlantic coordinator for the German government, Peter Beyer said ahead of meetings with high-profile US officials of White House, US Trade representative’s office and some lawmakers, “The appeal is directed at both negotiating partners: not to use or abuse this issue of agriculture that is hanging over everything as a blockade”.

So far, EU-US trade talks remained caught up in a tangle, as United States was insisting that it would not reach a deal without agriculture, while EU had erased agriculture from its key directives of the talk.