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The EU has increased its pressure on the US to reconsider the "Buy American" clause in the $800bn (£567bn) economic recovery package now before Congress.
EU Ambassador to Washington John Bruton said that, if passed, the measure could erode global leadership on free trade.
"We regard this legislation as setting a very dangerous precedent at a time when the world is facing a global economic crisis."
"The United States will lose the moral authority to pressure others not to introduce protectionist policies," Michael Wilson wrote in a letter to the senators.
Now I understand it is a difficult period for everyone, and jobs must be protected somehow, but do you think it will benefit the US economy in the long term to introduce those protectionist policies?
I ask this because America is the land of free trade and capitalism, but behaving this way, although understandable, goes against the same principles America succesfully spread around the world.
I mean, are Americans ready to buy much more expansive shoes produced in US rather than in China?
Is this better for your economy in the long term?