An open space photovoltaic system in Ibbenbüren, Germany(Sideka Solartechnik)
An open space photovoltaic system in Ibbenbüren, Germany
(Sideka Solartechnik)

EU Trade Spat Shows German ‘Soft Power’

August 5, 2013  •  From

In May the European Commission announced it wanted to impose a hefty tax on Chinese solar panels entering the European Union. Germany, with its robust trade with China, was not impressed.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang that she promised that “Germany will do what it can so that there are no permanent import duties and we’ll try to clear things up as quickly as possible.”

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