Does the idea of global free trade have a future if countries are seeking to erect trade barriers? Donald Trump says the World Trade Organization is a disaster, while others stress its importance. DW has an exclusive report straight from the WTO.
In a move earlier flagged by officials in Ankara, Turkey has lodged a complaint at the World Trade Organization against new US duties on steel and aluminum. The move comes amid an intensifying political spat with the US.
As the number of countries launching WTO proceedings against the US increases, Trump said he was mulling removing the US from the organization. He said the body had treated Washington "very badly."
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.
Chinese officials condemned US punitive tariffs, threatening that it could launch "the biggest trade war in history." Beijing plans to bring the trade dispute to the World Trade Organization.
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