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U.S. Weighs Higher Tariff Ceilings in Bid for More Sway Over WTO

U.S. Weighs Higher Tariff Ceilings in Bid for More Sway Over WTO

The U.S. is weighing a plan to increase its long-standing ceiling on tariffs in a move meant to trigger a renegotiation of relationships with fellow World Trade Organization members and step up its
WTO Takes Center Stage in Trump’s Global Trade Drama

WTO Takes Center Stage in Trump’s Global Trade Drama

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U.S. Presses Case to Defang the Global Economy’s Trade Referee

U.S. Presses Case to Defang the Global Economy’s Trade Referee

Sixteen years ago, a brash trade lawyer named Robert Lighthizer was nominated to represent the U.S. at the World Trade Organization’s appellate body, which officiates disputes that affect billions of
Carney Dismisses Johnson's No-Tariff Plan for No-Deal Brexit

Carney Dismisses Johnson's No-Tariff Plan for No-Deal Brexit

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Johnson Says He Doesn't Expect No-Deal Departure: Brexit Update

Johnson Says He Doesn't Expect No-Deal Departure: Brexit Update

Boris Johnson softened his Brexit rhetoric once again, saying the chances are “a million to one against” the U.K. leaving without a deal.
Why Article 24 Is No Soft Landing for a No-Deal Brexit

Why Article 24 Is No Soft Landing for a No-Deal Brexit

It’s a solution that’s already been rejected by the EU and the WTO.
The World’s Tariff Referee Gasps for Life

The World’s Tariff Referee Gasps for Life

Tariffs get all the headlines in President Donald Trump’s two-pronged attack on the global trading system. The other disruptive part of his plan is quietly playing out far from the Group of 20
WTO Says Global Trade Restrictions at Second-Highest on Record

WTO Says Global Trade Restrictions at Second-Highest on Record

The World Trade Organization warned that a spike in trade restrictions by major nations is threatening to hold back the global economy.
U.S. Tariff Pain Varies From Turret to Trenches

U.S. Tariff Pain Varies From Turret to Trenches

From Bible publishers to fishing rod suppliers, they’re streaming to Washington from across the U.S. and pleading for mercy from President Donald Trump’s most radical trade threat yet -- tariffs on
Japan’s Exports Slump, Hopes Turn to Trump-Xi

Japan’s Exports Slump, Hopes Turn to Trump-Xi

The stage for next week’s Trump-Xi trade war summit is also the scene of mounting casualties.
When This China Critic Speaks, It Pays to Listen

When This China Critic Speaks, It Pays to Listen

To fully grasp President Donald Trump’s China strategy, the first step is understanding Robert Lighthizer. No one besides Trump himself has more ownership of the U.S.’s tariff policy toward Beijing
Why a Trump-Xi Truce at G-20 Isn’t a Slam Dunk

Why a Trump-Xi Truce at G-20 Isn’t a Slam Dunk

The suspense is building ahead of the Group of 20 summit in Japan next week, with many analysts and investors betting that Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping will meet on the sidelines and agree
The WTO director talks to basically every major world leader—except Trump

The WTO director talks to basically every major world leader—except Trump

In August, US president Donald Trump issued a grave warning for the World Trade Organization: If the trade dispute resolution body doesn’t “shape up,” the…
WTO Chief Makes Rallying Cry for Trade as Trump Targets Cars

WTO Chief Makes Rallying Cry for Trade as Trump Targets Cars

World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevedo said anyone who supports free trade must speak out against the increasing threats to the multilateral order.
EU Weighs Changes to WTO Rules to Appease U.S.

EU Weighs Changes to WTO Rules to Appease U.S.

The European Commission proposed ways to resolve the Trump administration’s concerns over the functioning of the World Trade Organization, in a bid to avert a looming crisis that could undermine the
China Says It Won't Back Down in a Trade War Started by Trump

China Says It Won't Back Down in a Trade War Started by Trump

China fired back at President Donald Trump’s latest tariff barrage, saying it won’t back down in the trade war that was started unilaterally by the U.S.
The economics case for using Zen to think about trade

The economics case for using Zen to think about trade

Free traders are in pain. The latest protectionist measure they bemoan as a threat to the decades-old free-trade system: 25% tariffs on $50 billion Chinese…
Trump’s ‘America First’ Disrupts Yet Another European Project

Trump’s ‘America First’ Disrupts Yet Another European Project

Efforts by European leaders including French President Emmanuel Macron to reform global trade rules are hitting a snag as the U.S. rattles trans-Atlantic relations with its “America First” approach to
U.S.-China Trade Fight Takes Shape in Geneva

U.S.-China Trade Fight Takes Shape in Geneva

After President Trump upended the global order with threats of tariffs, his ambassador to the WTO took aim at both China and the trade body itself.

WTO Warns of Economic Damage From Escalation in Trade Tensions

The head of the WTO warned of the fallout from a trade war, urging nations to step back from the brink and avoid ratcheting up tension.