EU has won time in trade dispute with U.S., says German minister

FILE PHOTO: German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas attends the weekly cabinet in Berlin, Germany, July 18, 2018. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas welcomed an initiative agreed between U.S. President Donald Trump and the European Commission President aimed at easing a transatlantic trade war, saying it made a positive result more likely and had won the EU time.

FILE PHOTO: German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas attends the weekly cabinet in Berlin, Germany, July 18, 2018. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

“This is not yet the result we are aiming for but it has made a positive result in the whole discussion between the European Union and the United States in terms of free trade or protectionism more likely than before,” Maas said at a press conference in Seoul, extracts of which were broadcast on German radio.

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