The US Congress is contemplating a bailout of $25 billion or more for US automakers, and the European Union is watching closely. European Commission President, Jose Manuel Barroso, told Europe 1 Radio that he is prepared to rat out the US government to the World Trade Organization if the EU considers the bailout illegal.
Barroso wants to look over any aid package to determine if it's "illegal state aid." European new car registrations are down 14.5% in recent months, and we're guessing the EU wants to ensure that any relief the US government may give domestic automakers doesn't afford them an unfair advantage overseas. We aren't exactly sure what the WTO could do to stop aid to the domestics, and it would likely be difficult to prove that state aid would help US automakers in Europe, especially since Ford and GM's biggest issues are here at home.
[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req. | Photo: Dominique Faget/Getty]