EU opens probe

BRUSSELS: The EU opened an inquiry on Wednesday into Italian state aid for the struggling Ilva steel works, the largest in the bloc and one of its most polluting, the European Commission said. The inquiry into almost two billion euros ($2.17 billion) in assistance for the plant, which Italy is trying to find a buyer for, threatens to inflame existing tensions between Rome and Brussels over a number of issues including the migration crisis. The European Commission separately on Wednesday ordered Belgium to recover 211 million euros from steel companies within the Duferco group, the second judgement in a matter of weeks against the country. The EU’s steelmakers are struggling in the face of cheap Chinese imports.