TALKS were held this week between the USA and the European Union (Feb 13) in Washington DC over the threat of safeguard duties that the Bush administration is threatening to impose on certain steel imports into America. Unusually in a case where the EU is a complainant, the US suggested the formal talks; while accepting the offer in a note to the World Trade Organisation, Brussels said that it also wanted a further round of talks, quoting WTO safeguard rules requiring "adequate opportunity for prior consultation on the measure that the ...

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