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?
The EU and Japan are about to sign an unprecedented free trade agreement, which will create one of the world's largest trading blocks. The EU said the deal sends "a message" about "shaping globalization."
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.
European member states have given the go-ahead for a free trade deal with Japan, the world's third-largest economy. Brussels said the agreement was sending "a very powerful signal against protectionism."
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