When President Trump threatened to slap heavy tariffs on European auto exports to the US unless they brought their tariffs down to equal our tariffs on them, he was lectured that this was “no way to treat our allies,” and other such piffle. The four-to-one difference in tariffs on our exports to the EC over their exports to us was an ongoing outrage that didn’t bother people who buy BMWs, Audis, and Mercedes products, and who would never consider a Cadillac.
But now that he has the attention of European auto makers:
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday she would back lowering European Union tariffs on U.S. car imports, responding to an offer from Washington to abandon threatened levies on European cars in return for concessions.
However, she added EU tariff negotiations required a "common European position and we are still working on it."