MILAN – The European Union’s launch of a disputes proceeding at the World Trade Organization over Russian anti-dumping duties on German and Italian van exports might seem like diplomatic overkill. But experts say there are good geopolitical reasons behind the case brought by the EU’s executive branch, the European Commission. The duties were imposed on exports of light-commercial vehicles, mainly vans, up to 3.9 tons (3.5 t) in May 2013, by the Eurasian Economic Commission, ...

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