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Cava, queso, olive oil and mariscos: Trump slaps extra tariffs on Spanish produce

The US government has released a list of Spanish goods that will be subject to extra tariffs in its ongoing battle with the EU over aircraft subsidies.

Cava, queso, olive oil and mariscos: Trump slaps extra tariffs on Spanish produce
Photo: lunamarina/Depositphotos

Washington on announced it would put a 10 percent tariff on large civil aircraft imported from the four European partners of Airbus – Germany, France, Spain and the UK – after Wednesday's World Trade Organization (WTO) decision that ruled the company received undue subsidies.

The US trade representative's list includes more than 150 products, principally from those four nations but also across Europe, that will face a 25 percent tariff from October 18th.

President Donald Trump, tweeting early Thursday morning, called the WTO decision “a nice victory” and claimed the European Union has “for many years treated the USA very badly on Trade”.

The Trump administration intends to hit French, Spanish and German wines – exempting Hungarian Tokay – as well as the UK's Irish and Scottish single-malt whiskies with the tariffs.

Cheeses from across Europe, including pecorino, stilton, cheddar, reggiano and all blue-veined cheese but Roquefort – which is specifically exempted – will be taxed under the new rules.

Olives, olive oil and seafood including mussels, octopus and razor clams from Spain will also face the 25 percent tariff, as will Germany's coffee — both caffeinated and decaffeinated.

“Made in England” cashmere, woolen anoraks and bed linen from the UK will have the 25 percent surcharge added, while Germany's exports of industrial tools will be similarly affected.

READ MORE: US vows to put tariffs on products including Spanish olive oil, oranges and queso, in row over Airbus

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US ELECTION

Trump and Biden go head to head in Spain’s bizarre Christmas tradition

The winner of the US presidential race is still not clear but across the Atlantic in Spain another battle is being fought out between Trump and Biden.

Trump and Biden go head to head in Spain’s bizarre Christmas tradition
Photos: AFP

The pair are competing to appear on top of the best seller list of this year’s caganer figurines, a bizarre Christmas tradition in the Spanish region of Catalonia.

Known as “caganers” – which translates as “poopers” or “crappers” in English –   the clay figurines area popular nativity scene decoration in Catalonia, where a defecating figure perched behind Mary and Joseph is said to symbolize fertilization, as well as bringing luck and prosperity for the year ahead.

Visit any Catalan home at Christmas and you will find what appears to be an interloper hiding among the traditional figures around the crib in the nativity scene.

Joseph and Mary will be in pride of place around the manger gazing adoringly at baby Jesus in the nativity scene or Belén that is traditionally set up in many homes at Christmas.

The three Kings will likely be in attendance, along with a group of shepherds and a set of traditional farmyard animals.

But look closer and you will spy a figure squatting with pants down, bare bottom raised over a little brown pile of poo – glance up at the face and chances are it's a figure you recognise.

There is a growing trend to purchase a new figure each year – a trend that is proving profitable for a handful of artisans who produce the figures each year.

Modern crappers represent public figures of the moment, from politicians to sporting heroes. 

Cartoon characters, literary figures and film icons can all be found on the shelves of stalls selling caganers.

No-one is above the cheeky satire that sees celebrities bare their bottoms and perform a call of nature from Queen Elizabeth II to Pope Francis.

Not surprisingly, the Donald Trump figure has been a best-seller for the last few years. And this year he is joined by a new figure in the form of presidential challenger Joe Biden.

Versions have been designed of them both with and without facemasks and of course with their trousers pulled down and their bottoms bare.

In further reference to the coronavirus pandemic, another new figure has been especially created this year.

Fernando Simón, the epidemiologist who as Spain’s health emergency chief has led the daily press conferences reporting on the evolution of the virus in Spain is expected to be among the best-sellers in 2020.


Photos: caganer.com

Figures representing healthcare workers also appear in the caganer.com catalogue in recognition of the valuable role they have played this year. 

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