The European Union and Australia have launched negotiations aimed at reaching a free trade deal. The move bucks a global trend toward protectionism.
Britain wants the EU to agree to a post-Brexit free trade deal; the EU wants Britain to pay its financial obligations after it leaves the bloc next year. British Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab says both are linked.
Since helping shape the General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs (GATT) in 1948, the World Trade Organization's forerunner, the US has been at the forefront of trade liberalization. That era appears to be ending.
The EU and Japan have signed an unprecedented free trade agreement which will create one of the world's largest trading blocs. European Council President Donald Tusk says it is a "clear message" against protectionism.
The Italian government has reiterated its opposition to the CETA free trade deal between the European Union and Canada. The deputy prime minister said parliament would not ratify the agreement formally signed in 2016.
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