The anti-dumping import duties are to amount to up to 70 percent. (© picture-alliance/dpa)
The European Commission plans to impose punitive duties on solar panels from China as of June in a bid to protect Europe's solar energy market. Germany's Minister of Economics Philipp Rösler warned on Sunday that Beijing could retaliate, and called for a compromise solution. Commentators also say that this protectionist stance may harm the vital economic ties with China and ultimately also be detrimental for European consumers.