Europe to revive measure protecting EU firms from U.S. Iran sanctions

Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel, and Donald Trump.
Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel, and Donald Trump. Photo: John Macdougall/AFP/Getty Images

Europe has announced it is going to revive a blocking regulation from the 90s that could, with a few supplemental measures, protect EU-based firms from U.S. sanctions against Iran now that the Trump administration has announced a withdrawal from the Iran deal, Reuters reports.

Between the lines: This could buy the Iran deal some time by bolstering the heft of its financial draw for Iran, before the deal crumbles without the U.S. Although European countries party to the Iran deal have said they will try to salvage the deal without the U.S., skeptics believe that most of the incentive Iran had to stay in the deal came from the U.S.' participation.