Two major issues dominated Thursday’s meeting of European Union leaders: the bloc’s trade ties with the United States and Russia’s role in the poisoning of a former double agent in the English city of Salisbury.
'Global Partners for Global Challenges' is the theme of the two-day summit in Brussels. Ministers from China, Japan and Russia have made the trip to reaffirm support for multilateral cooperation.
The EU has recalled its ambassador to Russia in response to a poisoning, but Paris and Berlin want further action. Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel stood side by side as they went on to condemn US tariffs.
Berlin holds little hope that the EU will be granted a further exemption from US metals tariffs beyond a May 1 deadline. Washington has demanded concessions in the auto industry to drop the tariffs.
The trade agreement Jean-Claude Juncker managed to reach with US President Donald Trump has drawn cautious praise in Europe. How did he do it, and what will it mean for the EU? DW's Bernd Riegert reports.
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