The United States has ended a spat with the European Union over diplomatic protocol that came amid heightened tensions over trans-Atlantic trade.

US ambassador Gordon Sondland said the bloc was “one of America’s most valuable partners in ensuring global security and prosperity”.

The dispute surfaced in January over an apparent downgrading of the EU’s diplomatic status.

The EU said it was pleased the US had decided “to revert to usual practice”.

What went wrong?

Early this year it emerged that

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