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Donald Trump with US car industry leaders. The president has repeatedly stated his frustration at the difference between US tariffs on passenger vehicles and higher duties elsewhere.  Photograph: Reuters

The Trump administration has initiated a national security investigation into automotive imports that would clear the way for the imposition of new ta(...)

Brexit costs: bulky goods such as machinery can be exposed to the complications of holding them at borders.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Border delays and additional red tape could cut trade in goods between Ireland and the UK by almost 10 per cent after Brexit, according to new researc(...)

EU-Western Balkans summit:   German chancellor Angela Merkel, Bulgarian prime minister Boiko Borissov, French president Emmanuel Macron and British prime minister Theresa May, in the second row. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump was the ghost at the feast. As EU leaders munched their way through the shopska salad and other Bulagarian fare – surely some Rakia was d(...)

Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is welcomed by Belgium’s foreign minister Didier Reynders  at the Egmont Palace in Brussels on May 15th, 2018. Photograph: Eric  Lalmand/AFP/Getty

The EU on Tuesday made clear to Iran that if it adheres to the nuclear deal repudiated by the US , the EU will do so too. The union’s high representa(...)

The Brexit clock is ticking and negotiation deadlines are looming. Delay and obfuscation are the clear objectives of the British negotiators

The Irish Border has its own Twitter account (@BorderIrish). The hope now must be that this is the extent of the infrastructure the British think is n(...)

A Bombardier C-Series aircraft. Photograph: Alexandra Wey/EPA

The North’s secretary of state is in contact with both Bombardier and Airbus to ensure that their C-Series joint venture process is “moving swiftly an(...)

Lakeland Dairies chief executive, Michael Hanley

Lakeland Dairies, the State’s largest cross-Border dairy business, believes it could steal a march on rivals in the event of a hard Brexit. Chief exe(...)

Trade tensions: A container ship  is seen docked at a port in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province, in China. Photograph: Reuters

In the tit-for-tat trade conflict between China and the US, Beijing has promised to fight “at any cost” using “comprehensive countermeasures” if Washi(...)

Workers cut pork at Park Packing in Chicago, Illinois: China slapped extra tariffs of up to 25 per cent on US frozen pork. Photograph: Reuters

As fears of a trade war between the world’s two biggest economies intensified, China slapped extra tariffs of up to 25 per cent on US frozen pork, win(...)

President of the European Council Donald Tusk and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker (right) after a press conference  in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

European Union leaders responded cautiously on Friday to Donald Trump’s decision to defer tariffs on EU steel and aluminium exports to the US. While(...)

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