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US President Donald Trump has announced new tariffs to the tune of 200 billion dollars on Chinese goods, further escalating the trade dispute. The move means around half of all imports from China will be subject to tariffs. Commentators believe that the tough line could well be successful.

The US has reached a deal with Mexico to reduce tariffs. Negotiations with Canada are next in line. Since he came to power Trump has been calling for the Nafta agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada to be revised, because in his opinion it puts the US at a disadvantage. Is the result of the negotiations a success for Trump and free trade?

The danger of an imminent escalation of the trade dispute with the US seems to have been averted in the wake of the agreement reached between US President Trump and EU Commission President Juncker. But Trump's attacks will continue because they are justified, some commentators believe. And Europe must take care not to alienate Asia through its compromises with the US, others warn.

EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is due to arrive in Washington today for talks with Donald Trump in a bid to avoid a trade war between the US and the EU. Europe's media offer their advice as to how he can hold his own against the US president.

Harley-Davidson wants to shift part of its motorbike production overseas to avoid having to raise prices for customers in Europe due to the EU's retaliatory tariffs on US goods. A bitter setback for Trump in the trade war with the EU?

In the ongoing trade dispute with the US the EU has raised import tariffs for a number of US goods. Tariffs for products like whisky, jeans and motorbikes were increased in retaliation for Donald Trump's import duties on European steel and aluminium products. Commentators support the move, even voicing hopes that the row will ultimately leave the EU in a better position.

The Chinese government introduced tariffs of between 15 and 25 percent on 128 products from the US on Monday. The move is widely regarded as a reaction to the US's tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminium exports. China's countermeasures highlight the dangers Trump's trade policy entails for the global economy, commentators write, and call on Europe to take a stand.

The US has now imposed tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from the EU, Mexico and Canada. Several of the countries affected by the measure have already made it clear that they plan to take concerted action against the measures. In Canada too, journalists are calling for a tough stance against Trump. But one European country is particularly concerned about the situation.

The EU will remain exempt from tariffs on steel and aluminium for now. President Trump has postponed the decision until the start of June. Concerns about a looming trade war continue to dominate Europe's opinion pages. Some media believe, however, that the tension is being artificially maintained.

The meeting of the G20 finance ministers in Argentina also ended without any steps against the US tariffs on steel and aluminium, which will go into effect on Friday. The EU and China may now soon respond with counter-measures. But isn't people's faith in the advantages of free trade a myth anyway?