EU, SE Asia talk up trade deal amid alarm over Trump tariffs

EU, SE Asia talk up trade deal amid alarm over Trump tariffsSoutheast Asia and Europe pledged Friday to speed up efforts for an elusive free trade deal, vowing to support open markets in the face of growing US protectionism under Donald Trump. EU trade chief Cecilia Malmstrom said a deal would “send a strong signal to the world” after Trump’s plan to put tariffs on steel and aluminum sparked an outcry among American trade partners, including Europe. Trump said Thursday he would sign off on the measures next week, sending stock markets into a tailspin.



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