British Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel met over breakfast Thursday (May 17) before the start of a summit of European Union and Western Balkans leaders in Sofia. The summit is part of a renewed drive by Brussels to bring the region closer to the bloc and counter growing influence there from other powers such as Russia and China. The six Western Balkans nations hoping to become candidates for EU membership are Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia.
The European Union has called on U.S. President Donald Trump's administration to stop threatening it with tariffs on steel and aluminum, saying Thursday it is prepared to discuss trade — but not at gun-point.
In March, Trump slapped tariffs of 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on imported aluminum, but granted the 28 EU countries a temporary exemption until June 1. He also temporarily exempted big steel producers Canada and Mexico, provided they agree to renegotiate a North American trade deal to his satisfaction.