Germany's Maas says our response to America First is 'Europe United'

Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said, "Our response to 'America First' can only be: 'Europe United'."
Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said, "Our response to 'America First' can only be: 'Europe United'."PHOTO: REUTERS

BERLIN (REUTERS) - Germany regards as "unlawful" a US decision to move ahead with tariffs on aluminium and steel imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said.

"Our response to 'America First' can only be: 'Europe United'," Maas said in a statement.

"We cannot understand the US decision to impose punitive tariffs on steel and aluminium for the EU, and reject it. The EU is prepared to respond appropriately with corresponding countermeasures," he added.