By Hamish MacDiarmid
President Trump has decided to give key allies more time to negotiate trade deals with the United States prior to the instigation of tariffs on steel. Currently, China, Russia, and Japan face the brunt of steel tariffs from the 45th President’s administration. American allies in the European Union (EU) have been issued a reprieve on their tariffs for the time being and are waiting to negotiate the final details of a more favorable trade deal. Tensions within the EU continue to create conflict over trade negotiations among member countries; the 2015-2016 rise in populism in Eastern Europe and Italy, and the subsequent populist appeal of many European leaders have made trade deals more difficult to negotiate.