WASHINGTON — European Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy said Tuesday he won’t back off an end-of-year deadline for Europe to start levying up to $4 billion in punitive duties on U.S. imports should the U.S. Congress fail to repeal an export subsidy deemed illegal by the World Trade Organization.

Lamy, speaking to the European Institute in Washington, said “no one can say we have been rash” in moving to retaliate under WTO rules. The export subsidy dispute has been churning since 1997.

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