European Union

Half of EU Members Oppose Tariffs on Chinese Solar Panel Imports

Including the U.K. and Germany

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The UK and Germany are among at least 14 European Union members opposed to punitive tariffs on Chinese solar panel imports, according to diplomats.

The revelation, made on Monday, shows a split among the EU bloc's 27 members.

The European Commission—the EU's executive arm—argues that Chinese firms are unfairly undercutting rivals.

It claimed China was pressuring members to oppose the duties, a day after German Chancellor Angela Merkel hinted in favour of a negotiated agreement.