The Trump administration is trying to "effectively kill" the WTO's Appellate Body

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Oct 18, 2018
The Trump administration has been blocking the appointment and reappointment of judges to the panel as members' terms expire.
The World Trade Organization headquarters in Geneva.
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Five things to know about the World Trade Organization

Jul 16, 2018
The U.S. and China have both brought new complaints to the WTO.
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Could the U.S. be heading out of the WTO?

Jun 29, 2018
President Donald Trump is telling White House officials he wants to pull the U.S. out of the World Trade Organization, according to news website Axios. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin later dismissed those reports as an “exaggeration.” Axios reported, citing an…

Europe mulls retaliation for possible U.S. tariffs

Mar 16, 2018
Fearing for its steel producers, the EU warns of retaliatory tariffs on U.S. exports.
European Union trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström gives a press conference at the European Commission Headquarters in Brussels on March 7, 2018.
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What the world economy might look like without the U.S.

Feb 26, 2018
America is less interested in leading the global economy, says the Peterson Institute president. And that could mean trouble.
“The U.S. doesn't always do the right thing,” says Adam Posen, president of the Peterson Institute for International Economics. “But on average, it both tries to do the right thing and professes to do the right thing more credibly than anybody else.” Above, a trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
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Is a border adjustment tax illegal?

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Mar 15, 2017
It very well could be.
Under the GOP plan, the border adjustment tax amounts to a 20 percent tax on imports.
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How important is US participation in international organizations?

Mar 1, 2017
Assessing relationships with the UN and others as budget cuts loom.
The American flag flies outside of the United States Mission to the United Nations on January 26, 2017 in New York City
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Does America need the World Trade Organization?

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Dec 20, 2016
Donald Trump doesn't seem to care for big global institutions. What happens if we leave one behind?
President-elect Donald Trump meets with cadets from the Military academies prior to the game between the Navy Midshipmen and the Army Black Nights at M&T Bank Stadium on December 10, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland.

 
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What would replace the WTO if Trump got rid of it?

Jul 25, 2016
The US has a good record using the World Trade Organization to block unfair trade practices.
Last week, Trump suggested conditions for remaining in NATO. This week, he's threatened to leave the WTO if elected.
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The state of the WTO in three metaphors

Dec 15, 2015
WTO revisits Doha Agenda...14 years later