In Response to Trump, the EU Suddenly Realizes That Tariffs Are Bad

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[…] There is no coherence on EU policies in regards to trade. If Brussels’ bureaucrats last year imposed anti-dumping measures based on import tariffs as a way to punish Chinese steel producers, it is difficult to understand why EU officials now react with so much dismay against those recent measures taken by the Trump Administration. But some of us may know EU establishment is not exactly known for its consistency. But, we do know that protectionism — understood in this case as a political reaction against foreign competition — ought to now be expected from EU officials. After all, thousands of import taxes are applied by EU officials, and existing bilateral agreements and the Agrarian Common Policy are clear evidence of the Commission’s lack of support for free trade. When EU defenders talk about the“single market” they don’t mean “free market.” […]