EU: worse than Trump

The Week - - Letters -

To The Times

Christo­pher Roberts ad­vises “eq­ui­table” and “pro­por­tion­ate re­tal­i­a­tion” against tar­iffs im­posed on the EU by the Amer­i­can “bully”. How­ever, the US is at least pick­ing on an econ­omy of sim­i­lar size and af­flu­ence. In con­trast, EU tar­iffs on or­anges, cof­fee, rice, wine, chil­dren’s shoes and more than 12,000 other items dis­crim­i­nate mainly against poor coun­tries. The le­gal and moral prin­ci­ple is that those who seek equity must do

equity, so the EU’S pro­tec­tion­ist poli­cies nul­lify po­ten­tial grounds for com­plaint. Tim Martin, chair­man, JD Wether­spoon

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