What was that? The performances of the EU-Commission President and the US President in Davos to raise a lot of questions.
BRUSSELS taz | Donald Trump threatens, Ursula von der Leyen eased, and the trade expert in the European Parliament surprised: The US President and the EU President of the Commission, have set off with your Remarks at the world economic forum a new transatlantic trade deal. It comes to industry standards, energy policy, and agricultural products, and to possible punitive duties on cars made in Germany.
When it comes to foreign trade, Europe was "worse than China", had Trump said in Davos. Because of the trade conflict with Beijing, was provisionally settled, he wanted to deal with the EU. At the latest, up to the US presidential election in November, Trump hinted, he wanted one for his country cheap Deal. Otherwise, he will repeatedly threatened a 25-percent car tariffs to impose.
Everything half as wild, said of the Leyen. You expect an agreement already, "in a few weeks," said the CDU politician in Davos, where she met with Trump. "What is discussed will be a new approach," announced she. Apart from trade issues, it will also be about topics such as technology and energy. This is now in Brussels for the confusion.
so Far, the agreement was only a Industry of the speech. Of negotiations with Washington on energy and technology, nothing is officially known, the EU Commission is Silent. With the member States was not discussed by the Leyens advance apparently. EU diplomats stressed that no new negotiating mandate is in preparation.
Has ventured out of the Leyen so far – or she's planning things that you know, in Brussels, nothing? "To be honest, I don't understand," said the Chairman of the trade Committee in the European Parliament, Bernd Lange (SPD), the afp news Agency. He had also spoken with officials of the Commission, who could not follow the statements of your Boss also.
Upset of the green MEP Reinhard Bütikofer, who also sits in the Committee on Trade shows. "President Trump, you can obviously at that Meeting, a special treatment, which consisted of a mixture of swaggering promises and serious threats," he said. However, must also understand the end of the world, that a US-EU trade agreement could not be in a few weeks brought about.
For confusion, only the German President of the Commission, not but. Also, the new Irish trade Commissioner, Phil Hogan, has caused irritation. Hogan has hinted that the EU could negotiate with the US on agricultural goods. Trump would make the entire agricultural sector on the topic. However, this is not covered by the negotiating mandate for the EU Commission. France, in particular, is locked.
Hogan sees a possible way out: One could talk about "regulatory hurdles" in the agricultural sector, he said at a meeting of the entrepreneurs lobby Business Europe in Brussels. Of these obstacles there were on both sides of the Atlantic are already much too many of them. But Hogan has alerted the farmers and consumer advocates in the EU. They fear that it could go back to American chlorinated chicken and US maize.
Exactly, this concern has fanned the flames of the resistance against the failure of the TTIP agreement. Hogan and von der Leyen risk of new protests.Updated Date: 24 January 2020, 09:00