Hamburg's port is a gateway to the world - the city lives from free trade. Authorities here believe the only answer to the ongoing threat of trade tariffs from Washington is for the EU to take a united stand in support of free trade.
The creation of a new pan-African free trade zone is intended to pave the way for the world's largest interstate market. But there are still hurdles to be overcome, says DW's Ludger Schadomsky.
A landmark free trade deal linking the European Union and Canada has come into effect despite lingering opposition from activists. The EU hailed the pact as one of its most ambitious ever, "setting a new standard."
A multilateral trade agreement brokered by the World Trade Organization (WTO) has come into force aiming to remove customs bureaucracy. It's the trade body's first global pact in its 21-year history.
The deal will cut 99 percent of tariffs between the two sides but opponents say it gives corporations too much power over domestic regulation. Several hundred people protested in Strasbourg outside parliament.
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