Trade war, customs duties, down with free trade! More and more countries are seeking to protect their domestic economies and imposing trade barriers. We currently hear a lot of talk of "protectionism" - but what does that really mean?
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.
Donald Trump and Theresa May's bilateral meeting had been marred by reports of criticism he leveled against her in the British press. Trump affirmed that both countries enjoyed the "highest level" of closeness.
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