The WTO's role as a neutral arbitrator in disputes could soon be over. If the US continues to block the appointment of new judges for the Appellate Body, the organization will be unable to make rulings by the end of the year.
The World Trade Organization is facing a major crisis as its appellate body loses its ability to rule on new dispute cases. The US has been blocking the appointment of new judges to protest the way the WTO does business.
The contract would fund a cloud computing deal known as JEDI. Earlier this week, Amazon Web Services said it was seeking to depose President Trump and Defense Secretary Esper to provide testimony in the case.
Brussels might soon be able to bypass the US-crippled WTO to impose punitive tariffs on trade partners. The EU cannot afford to be "defenseless", said the bloc's trade commissioner Phil Hogan.
The US president should be blamed for many of the problems plaguing the global economy, but the current crisis is not one of them. He is simply treading the path of his illustrious predecessor, says DW's Ashutosh Pandey.
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