U.S. TARIFF THREAT BODES ILL FOR EUROPE

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Europe needs all the help it can get right now,” says Dan Scott, deputy CIO of Vontobel. He discusses the rising trade tensions between the U.S. and EU at a time when the bloc is struggling with challenges like Brexit.

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