to discuss reductions in tariffs in industrial goods and to seek agreement on conformity assessments. EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom is opp
osed to any quota agreement on cars and has lambasted the national security excuse put forward by the White House.
The most prominent supporter of free trade is the center-right European People’s Party which lost sea
ts largely to right-wing parties opposed to free trade, and to the Greens which want tougher conditions attached to trade deals.
The center-left Socialists are also broadly in support of free trade but lo
st seats, while the pro-trade Liberals (the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe) gai
ned seats. But the Liberals are now aligned with French President Emmanuel Macron’s En Ma