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No, EU isn't backing this, because in that case it would have been an EU-wide tax, not in just in one country. The EU tried to establish an equivalent tax, but there was pushback from countries that are taking advantage of it (Ireland, Luxembourg)

Edit: From the French newspaper Le Monde [1], it was Ireland, Sweden, Danemark and Finland which opposed the idea. And from this article [2], Germany didn't help a lot, fearing tariff on their car industry.



I think this will play out differently, and doubly so if American sabre rattling continues

Ireland and Luxembourg are a small minority, fortunately or unfortunately.

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