Merkel Says She's Open to Lowering EU Tariffs on US Cars

Frederick Owens
July 6, 2018

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday she would back a lowering of EU tariffs on us auto imports, responding to an offer from Washington to abandon threats to impose levies on European cars in return for concessions.

Speaking at a joint news conference after their meeting in Berlin, Merkel said despite recent moves by European Union nations to clamp down on asylum-seekers moving across Europe's open borders, she want to ensure they are treated with "humanity" and the continent isn't turned into "fortress" Europe. "The difference is that if we want to uphold Europe's soul, if we want to play a role in the world with these values, then Europe can't simply disengage". "There will be no measures by Germany towards Austria", he said.

"We think we must be humane in a way that doesn't exert any pull factor", he said.

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Orban replied that Hungary has built a fence on its southern borders to regain control over its territory, the move protecting not only Hungary but also Germany by not allowing refugees to enter Hungary.

"That's what we are defending you from", he said.

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