THE EUROPEAN Commission could saddle imported American nuclear engineering equipment with protective duties of up to 100 per cent, because of a WTO ruling allowing Brussels to retaliate against the US's use of foreign trade corporations to give its exporters illegal tax breaks. The Commission included nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery, mechanical appliances and parts on its long-list of possible target products. It will now consult EU industry about its plans before setting a final list.

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