Europe-U.S. trade deal could narrow focus to autos

 The European Union will not support a comprehensive trade deal with the U.S. that includes agriculture, the EU’s top trade negotiator said on Thursday, so she is working toward a narrower deal focused on industrial goods and automobiles.

The EU’s trade commissioner, Cecilia Malmstrom, said at a Georgetown Law School event that an industrial goods agreement could be achieved more quickly and could rebuild trust between the two largest trading blocs that had been eroded by U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum.

“If we start with industrial goods, which is much less complicated, and which will be beneficial from both sides, we maybe can rebuild that trust and then maybe we’ll see later” about agriculture, she said a day after meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.