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European Commission chief negotiator Michel Barnier slams Britain for “backtracking” on its commitments after another fruitless round of talks, at a press conference in Brussels on June 5.

No-Deal Brexit Looks Likelier Than Ever After the Pandemic

The U.K. and EU still find themselves far apart on crucial issues—with time running out.

U.S. President Donald Trump, alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

China Puts the Final Kibosh on Trump’s Trade Deal

By reportedly halting major agricultural purchases, Beijing makes it likely U.S.-China relations will dramatically worsen.

Shipping containers at the Port of Los Angeles

All Roads to a Better Trade Deal Lead Through the WTO

In Washington, efforts to withdraw from the trade body are gaining momentum. That would be a big mistake.

Republican Sen. Josh Hawley, who is leading the charge to pull the United States out of the World Trade Organization, speaks to the press at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 30.

U.S. Effort to Depart WTO Gathers Momentum

Both political parties are demonizing the world trade body, but many experts warn that such a move could seriously set back U.S. power and prestige.

A worker assembles a car at the newly renovated Ford Assembly Plant in Chicago, on June 24, 2019.

No, the Pandemic Will Not Bring Jobs Back From China

The Trump administration says manufacturing jobs are coming home. The facts tell another story.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He at the signing ceremony for the U.S.-Chinese trade agreement at the White House in Washington on Jan. 15.

Trump’s China Trade Deal Is as Dead as Can Be

His much-touted trade victory has crashed and burned with the coronavirus pandemic.

Workers move molten iron at a furnace in the production area of the Zhongtian Steel Group Corp. in Changzhou, China, on May 13, 2016.

Don’t Let China Steal Your Steel Industry

Beijing is rapidly becoming the dominant player in an industry vital to defense and technology companies. If the United States and Europe aren’t careful, they will become dependent.

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The Great Decoupling

Washington is pressing for a post-pandemic decoupling from China. But the last big economic split brought on two world wars and a depression. What’s in store this time?

A French fisherman sorts through a mackerel catch on board a trawler off the coast of Ouistreham, France, on July 31, 2018.

The Fate of the WTO and Global Trade Hangs on Fish

Tuna, cod, and mackerel are going to decide the future of the global trading order as the WTO struggles to complete a deal.

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As If Things Aren’t Bad Enough, Trump Mulls Fresh Trade War With China

U.S. considers restoring tariffs as Trump makes reprisals against Beijing the center of his 2020 reelection bid.

A woman practicing illegal abortion shows her working medical tools in her living room in Antananarivo, Madagascar, on July 25, 2019.

The Coronavirus Is Cutting Off Africa’s Abortion Access

The collapse of medical supply chains has been a catastrophe for women in developing countries. Lockdowns have made matters worse.

Demonstrators set up a mock customs checkpoint to protest against potential trade restrictions due to Brexit in Killeen, Northern Ireland, on Feb. 18, 2017.

Globalization Will Look Very Different After the Coronavirus Pandemic

New barriers are going up at breathtaking speed. The pandemic will accelerate not the demise of globalization but its transformation.

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The Ugly End of Chimerica

The coronavirus pandemic has turned a conscious uncoupling into a messy breakup.

An aid worker measures a woman's temperature at the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 18.

Africa Is Bracing for a Head-On Collision With Coronavirus

As the pandemic reaches the continent, countries from Morocco to Malawi are facing a health crisis and an economic shock.

Iranian firefighters disinfect streets in Tehran in a bid to halt the spread of the coronavirus on March 13.

The Coronavirus Crisis Is a Diplomatic Opportunity for the United States and Iran

Washington and Tehran could use the public health emergency to show goodwill, dial down tensions while saving face, and avoid a dangerous confrontation.

U.S. President Donald Trump announced a travel ban in a belated effort to contain the coronavirus whose outbreak is decimating the U.S. and global economies, Mar. 11, 2020.

Major Economies Face a ‘Sudden Stop’

Following Trump's European travel ban, Dow plunges 10 percent in the worst trading day since "Black Monday" 1987.

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The Coronavirus Is Killing Globalization as We Know It

The outbreak has been a gift to nativist nationalists and protectionists, and it is likely to have a long-term impact on the free movement of people and goods.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the NATO summit in Watford, England, on Dec. 4, 2019.

Trump and Johnson Can Quickly Strike a Trade Deal—If They Avoid the Pitfalls

The U.S. and Britain both want a trade agreement post-Brexit. China and chickens could get in the way.

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