At the invitation of ALDE Party President Hans van Baalen MEP and Guy Verhofstadt MEP, leader of the ALDE Group in the European Parliament; liberal Prime Ministers and European Commissioners met at the Egmont Palace in Brussels on Thursday 22 March ahead of the European Council Summit of the same day.
This time, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, Vince Cable, and the leader of Ciudadanos, Albert Rivera, also joined the meeting.
Crucial topics were discussed such as the guidelines for Brexit, the latest developments on jobs, growth and competitiveness as well as trade, digital economy and taxation, and external relations.
At the doorstep, ALDE Party President Hans van Baalen MEP commented on the trade war: "For ALDE it is not understandable that allies like the European Union and the United States will be in a trade war. The measures taken by President Donald Trump on steel and cars, among others, will not improve the situation of American workers, only free trade and free competition will do so. Trump is doing the worst for American and European relations. European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmstrom will be tough. I hope a tough stand will prevent a trade war."
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