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Germany Hits Back at U.S. Proposals of Anti-Dumping Tariffs on Steel Imports

(Andrea Thomas and Ulrike Dauer – Wall Street Journal)

Germany’s foreign minister Friday sharply criticized the U.S. Department of Commerce for proposing anti-dumping duties against German steel companies, accusing the U.S. of intentionally violating World Trade Organization rules with the aim of damaging international rivals.

“The U.S. government is apparently prepared to provide American companies with unfair competitive advantages against European and other companies, even if this is contrary to international trade law,” Sigmar Gabriel said in a statement.

The criticism comes after the Department of Commerce on Thursday proposed anti-dumping tariffs against German steelmakers and companies in Austria, Belgium, France and Italy, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.

Mr. Gabriel called on the European Union to examine taking legal action to the WTO. Click here to read more.

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