October 02, 2019

WTO to back U.S. tariffs on Europe in clash over Airbus subsidies

Featuring Peter Harrell

Source: Reuters

Journalists Tim Blenkinsop, Tim Hepher

The United States won approval on Wednesday to impose tariffs on $7.5 billion (£6.12 billion) worth of European goods over illegal EU subsidies handed to Airbus, threatening to trigger a tit-for-tat transatlantic trade war as the global economy falters.

The decision by the World Trade Organization pushes a 15-year corporate dispute over illegal support for transatlantic plane giants to the centre of caustic world trade relations and comes on top of a tariff war between Washington and Beijing.

The European Commission said in response that a U.S. move to impose trade sanctions on EU imports would be “short-sighted and counterproductive” and risked causing damage on both sides of the Atlantic.

Read the full story and more in Reuters.


  • Peter Harrell

    Former Adjunct Senior Fellow, Energy, Economics and Security Program

    Peter Harrell is a former adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. He is a leading expert on U.S. economic statecraft, including sanctions, export cont...