Brussels — The EU promised a quick and effective response if the US imposes import duties on European cars, a spokesperson for the European Commission said on Monday. Brussels issued the threat after the US commerce department filed a report on Monday that empowers President Donald Trump to apply car duties within the next 90 days. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has labelled as “frightening” the prospect that this report could label European car imports as a national security threat to the US, enabling the tariffs. The White House has already used the national security argument — saying that undermining the American manufacturing base impairs military readiness, among other claims — to impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminium imports. “Were this report translated into action detrimental to European exports, the European Commission would react in a swift and adequate manner,” EU spokesperson Margaritis Schinas said in Brussels. The protectionist Trump has threatened 25% duties on...

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