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U.S. strikes more assertive note in trade relations

by Tracey Samuelson Mar 26, 2018
South Korea has become the first nation to be permanently exempted from President Donald Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs as part of a newly renegotiated free trade agreement between the two countries announced today. The Trump administration has used the…

EU signals a hard line on post-Brexit trade

by Stephen Beard Mar 7, 2018
A key European Union body tells Britain trade with the bloc will be tougher once it leaves
Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, said any new trade deal with Britain would be “more complicated and costly than today for all of us.”
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Weekly Wrap

Are we moving away from a global free market?

by Kai Ryssdal Mar 2, 2018
We look at how tariffs could affect current trade deals after Trump's surprise announcement this week.
President Trump participates in a meeting with leaders of the steel and aluminum industries at the White House on March 1.
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U.S. automakers help Mexican auto export surge in 2017

by Reema Khrais Jan 10, 2018
The number of vehicles imported to the United States from Mexico reached an all-time high last year. Mexico’s auto industry exported 2.3 million vehicles, which is nearly a 10 percent increase from the year before. Click the audio player above…

How to make globalization fair, according to economist Joseph Stiglitz

by David Brancaccio Dec 1, 2017
Plus what global trade might look like if China writes the rules.
Nobel prize-winning US economist Joseph Stiglitz poses during an interview in Paris.
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Trump’s tough NAFTA trade position leads to impasse at fourth round of talks

by Aaron Schrank Oct 17, 2017
The contentious fourth round of NAFTA negotiations concluded in Washington, D.C. today without a deal in sight. Trade reps from Canada and Mexico rejected outright a number of hard-line protectionist policies proposed by U.S. negotiators, proposals which Canada’s Foreign Affairs…
Trade Off: Stories of Globalization and Backlash

Is retraining worth it? Laid off paper millworkers weigh the benefits

by Sarah Gardner Sep 6, 2017
Government programs are meant to help those workers get new jobs. But reinvention is hard.
The remains of the NewPage paper mill in Kimberly, Wisconsin. The mill closed in 2008, leaving 600 people out of work. Kimberly-Clark Corp. built the mill in 1889.
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Trade Off: Stories of Globalization and Backlash

The American protectionism bill that made the Great Depression worse

by Sarah Gardner and Scott Tong Aug 24, 2017
The Smoot-Hawley story you never learned in high school history class.
The Smoot-Hawley Tariff was a protectionist piece of legislation that raised tariffs on over 20,000 imported goods.
Ken Garduno, Illustrator
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What to expect from today's NAFTA renegotiations

by , and Aug 16, 2017
President Trump has been very critical of NAFTA, but Canada and Mexico are very important trading partners.
Workers in a maquila in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. 
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Trade Off: Stories of Globalization and Backlash

From Hamilton to Trump, the U.S. has a long history of America-first policies

by Sarah Gardner Aug 11, 2017
Alexander Hamilton was one of the country's original protectionists.
The protectionist tendencies in today's political climate actually have roots reaching back to Alexander Hamilton.
Ken Garduno, Illustrator