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After the Omnibus Appropriations Bill signed into law by President Obama scrapped a pilot programme that allowed a small number of Mexican trucking companies to carry cargoes north of the border – as NAFTA requires – Mexico has responded by slapping tariffs of up to 45% on 90 American agricultural and industrial imports. Renault is […]

Posted 20 Mar 2009 in Blog, Europe, Mexico, Trade, United States
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The FT reports. Let’s hope the financial crisis doesn’t spur a wider outbreak of protectionism Tweet

Posted 21 Oct 2008 in Blog, Trade
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Gordon Brown’s reshuffle has certainly captured headlines. But what does it mean for the trade and immigration debates? That Peter Mandelson jumped at the chance to leave his job as EU trade commissioner for a non-job as UK business secretary (which has been stripped of the energy and enterprise portfolios) provides further confirmation that the […]

Posted 06 Oct 2008 in Blog, Britain, Immigration, Trade
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Philip Stephens has written an excellent article in the FT about why the Doha breakdown matters. He concludes: The collapse of Doha, however, speaks to the failure of both sides to own up to the world as it is. On the side of the rich countries, particularly the US but no less many European nations, […]

Posted 31 Jul 2008 in Blog, Global Economy, Trade
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The WTO’s Doha round has collapsed yet again. Like a beaten up boxer, don’t expect it to be back on its feet any time soon. Tweet

Posted 29 Jul 2008 in Blog, Trade
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Washington Post, 6 April 2008. Like it or hate it, NAFTA is not a big deal for the US economy – and renegotiating should not be a priority for the new president

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Read my article in the Washington Post here. Tweet

Posted 05 Apr 2008 in Blog, Trade, United States
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World trade talks collapse in acrimony, says the FT. Global trade talks founder, says the WSJ. Latest world trade talks collapse, says the BBC. Tweet

Posted 22 Jun 2007 in Blog, Trade
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The US’s most significant "free-trade agreement" since NAFTA, the first with an Asian country, with "state-of-the-art" chapters and "unique" provisions – the embattled Bush administration was wheeling out the superlatives to describe the bilateral trade deal clinched with South Korea this morning. Tweet

Posted 02 Apr 2007 in Blog, Trade, United States
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I debated the charge that such "sweatshops" are harming
Bangladeshi workers in a debate with John Hilary of War on Want on BBC
Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show: Listen here

Posted 10 Dec 2006 in Blog, Britain, Globalisation, Media, Trade
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Anti-dumping duties, which unfairly penalise imports that are deemed too cheap, are one of the most pernicious protectionist devices. After all, we ought to be cheering if the cost of imports falls, because it makes the money in our pocket stretch further, not taxing consumers in order to try to prop up less efficient domestic […]

Posted 24 Nov 2006 in Blog, Europe, India, Trade
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The Center for International Relations has organised an International Affairs Forum on the future of world trade. They ask: In the wake of the failure of the Doha round, what does the future hold for world trade? What can, and should be done to get negotiations back on track? My reply follows. To read the […]

Posted 23 Nov 2006 in Blog, Global Economy, Trade
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Most people think Europe’s single market already exists: it was created way back in 1992, wasn’t it? Unfortunately not. While goods are traded freely across borders within Europe, services are not  – and since they account for over two-thirds of the EU economy, Europe’s single market is in effect far from complete. Tweet

Posted 18 Nov 2006 in Blog, Europe, Trade
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India’s drinkers should raise a glass to Peter Mandelson. Tweet

Posted 18 Nov 2006 in Blog, Europe, India, Trade
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No sooner had Vietnam celebrated its success in becoming the WTO’s 150th member than it suffered a setback in its trade relations with Washington: Congress voted against normalising trade relations between the two countries. Tweet

Posted 18 Nov 2006 in Blog, Trade, United States
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Here we go again. The US government has today launched yet another salvo in its long-running conflict with the EU over aircraft subsidies, announcing that it is to file a new complaint at the WTO against European subsidies for Airbus. Before you could say "Boeing", Brussels made clear that it would hit back with its […]

Posted 14 Nov 2006 in Blog, Europe, Trade, United States
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The Democrats have scored a stunning victory in the midterm Congressional elections. It looks like they have captured control of not only the House of Representatives but also the Senate. Both President Bush and Nancy Pelosi, the incoming speaker of the House, have pledged to work together in a spirit of bipartisanship. Pigs might fly, […]

Posted 09 Nov 2006 in Blog, Immigration, Trade, United States
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The WTO’s 149 members have just agreed to admit lucky number 150: Vietnam. Tweet

Posted 07 Nov 2006 in Blog, Trade
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Online gambling is immoral and illegal – except when it takes place within US states, of course; oh, and interstate betting on horse races is also OK. That is the essence of the US’s new Unlawful Gambling Enforcement Act, as clear-cut a case of protectionism as there is. Tweet

Posted 07 Oct 2006 in Blog, Europe, Trade, United States
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"Grant me chastity and continence, but not yet" – the words are St Augustine’s, but they could just as well have been uttered by Peter Mandelson. Tweet

Posted 04 Oct 2006 in Blog, Europe, Trade