Negotiators from the E.U. Parliament and the European Council reached an agreement on anti-dumping legislation, based on a November proposal by the European Commission. The measures are designed to protect European countries from generic risks, but they actually have a clear and evident target: China.
“Europe is for open and fair trade, but we are not naive defenders of free trade,” said European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, insisting that it is not about targeting “a country in particular,” but to ensure the 28 member states have a means to take action against unfair competition and the dumping of cheap products into Europe and undermining wages and employment.
European leaders agreed on the terms of the deal after a debate that actually included China, apparently to deflect criticism about the real objective of the operation.