Cecilia Malmstrom, the EU’s top trade official, will next week meet senior US officials to discuss the tariff issue. Photograph: Getty

Brussels has kicked off the process of applying retaliation measures against the United States over its planned steel and aluminium tariffs, in case t(...)

US trade representative Robert Lighthizer and European trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom. They met in  Brussels on Saturday. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/Reuters

Top EU and Japanese trade officials said they would continue to press their case for exemptions from punitive US steel tariffs after a meeting with Wa(...)

US president Donald Trump gives out pens he used to sign presidential proclamations placing tariffs on steel and aluminium imports to workers from the steel and aluminium industries at the White House. Photograph: Leah Millis/Reuters

European Union trade chief Cecilia Malmstrom vowed to press for a European Union exemption from United States tariffs on foreign steel and aluminium w(...)

US President Donald Trump  has said he would introduce a 25 per cent tariff on steel imports and 10 per cent on aluminium imports, raising the prospect of a global trade war including with the EU.  Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The Department of Business has expressed concerns about the impact of Donald Trump’s plans to impose large tariffs on steel and aluminium imports on I(...)

An employee cuts into an aluminium roll at the Constellium factory in the eastern French city of Biesheim. Major steel and aluminium producing states condemned US president Donald Trump’s plan to impose tariffs on the industry. Photograph: Patrick Hertzog/AFP/Getty Images

The announcement by President Donald Trump of tariffs on imports of steel and aluminium into the US is a worrying development. In what amounts to a pr(...)

US president Donald Trump listens during a meeting with steel and aluminium executives in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, on Thursday. Photograph: Bloomberg

US president Donald Trump doubled-down on his promise to impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminium imports coming into the United States, claiming t(...)

Steel is loaded at a plant of German steel manufacturer Salzgitter AG in Salzgitter, Germany. Photograph: Fabian Bimmer/Reuters

The European Union’s trade chief on Friday warned of possible retaliation if US president Donald Trump’s plans to impose hefty tariffs on imported ste(...)

European commissioner for agriculture Phil Hogan: strongly resisting higher figure being negotiated between EU and Mercosur. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

A long-awaited major trade deal between the EU and the Latin American countries of Mercosur may this week take a key step towards realisation with min(...)

EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom at the World Trade Organisation conference in Buenos Aires. Photograph: Getty Images

It took close to eight years to create the World Trade Organisation. The global policeman on world trade has never been one for speedy progress. But, (...)

Trade talks between the European Union and South America’s Mercosur bloc will likely extend into next year. Photograph: iStock

Trade talks between the European Union and South America’s Mercosur bloc will likely extend into next year after European negotiators said they needed(...)

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