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Italy Lobbying U.S. to Ward Off Trump Europe Tariff Threat

Feb. 14, 2020, 1:25 PM

Italy has reached out directly to the U.S. in a bid to avoid a new set of tariffs that could hit as soon as Friday, in a sign of the delicate economic environment facing European nations.

Ivan Scalfarotto, undersecretary at the foreign ministry, told Bloomberg in an interview that Italy deserves special treatment because it’s not part of the Airbus SE consortium at the heart of a long-running trade dispute between Europe and the U.S. He discussed the issue with U.S. officials last month.

“We’re doing everything possible to limit the impact on Italy, but the Americans have the upper...

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