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EU head Juncker's tricky Washington mission

Head of EU executive body has to win over Trump first, to avert trade war in car parts

From far left: Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, US President Donald Trump, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council head Donald Tusk at the Group of Seven summit in Canada last month.
From far left: Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, US President Donald Trump, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council head Donald Tusk at the Group of Seven summit in Canada last month.PHOTO: REUTERS

Jonathan Eyal European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, who arrives in Washington today for trade talks, fully anticipates the meetings to be some of the trickiest negotiations he has ever conducted.

For the head of the European Union's executive body is not only facing a US leader determined to cut America's trade deficit with Europe, but also the first American president in more than half a century to have publicly identified the EU as a "foe" of the United States.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 25, 2018, with the headline 'Juncker's tricky Washington mission'. Subscribe