Synopsis:Ahead of the US-EU summit, negotiations on steel and aluminum have reached an impasse, potentially leading to the re-imposition of tariffs. With billions of transatlantic trade at stake, both sides continue to navigate challenges in hopes of reaching a consensus before the year-end deadline.Article:In what has been deemed a significant setback, the US and European Union (EU) have been unable to finalize a consensus on steel and aluminum matters preceding their summit. The contentious discussions have been central to the economic relations between these two significant trade partners.It was hoped that notable figures like US President Joe Biden, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, and European Council President Charles Michel would come forth with a joint statement, presenting a globally impacting deal on the Global Arrangement on Sustainable Steel and Aluminum. However, such hopes have been dashed, casting uncertainty over the trade landscape.This recent impasse has its origins in the tariffs previously enforced by then-President Donald Trump on European metal imports, leading to retaliatory measures from the EU. The stakes are high: should no agreement be reached, levies could be reinstated on exports worth billions between the EU and the US.Both sides have reported some progress in understanding non-market excess capacity sources and grasping tools to handle emissions from steel and aluminum industries. Yet, definitive decisions remain elusive. While meetings involving influential figures, like US trade representative Katherine Tai and the EU’s chief trade negotiator Valdis Dombrovskis, have taken place, they've yet to produce conclusive outcomes.Parallel to these discussions, the EU and US have not reached an agreement on a pivotal minerals pact either. This potential deal is crucial for EU entities hoping to benefit from green incentives promoted by President Biden. Moreover, both powers are seeking harmonized approaches to conflicts in the Middle East and Ukraine, with condemnation against acts of terror and support for regional stability remaining paramount.The trade landscape has responded to these developments. For instance, shares of ArcelorMittal SA experienced a decline, while American steelmaker stocks witnessed an upswing. Additionally, the GSA has targeted overproduction and carbon emissions in metals, indicating some progress on the former.Furthermore, tariffs have been a contentious point. The US, having imposed steel import tariffs since 2018, maintains a stance on retaining the option for their use, contrasting with the EU's inclination to suspend them. With a looming December 31 deadline and past agreements at stake, the trade dynamics between the two powers await resolution.Conclusion:The halted negotiations between the US and EU on steel and aluminum tariffs have underscored the complexities of global trade agreements. As billions hang in balance, it remains to be seen how both sides navigate their differences, economic implications, and geopolitical challenges.