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Just peanuts? - Trump's protective tariffs and their impact on Africa

Kohnert, Dirk (2018): Just peanuts? - Trump's protective tariffs and their impact on Africa.

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The international discussion of Trump's dispute over import tariffs for steel, aluminum and even cars are so far focused on the big global players. However, smaller African countries in particular could suffer too from the planned punitive tariffs, analogous to the famous African proverb, "When elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers". Egypt and South Africa for example, the potentially most affected countries in Africa, face massive job losses and earning opportunities, with all the consequences that this entails for their already fragile economy and their population in dire poverty.

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