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  1. September 10, 2014

    UN trade body criticises free trade

    The UN’s trade body has joined a chorus of criticism of globalisation, warning that developing countries reap little value...

  2. September 4, 2014

    US trade gap shrinks on record exports

    Record exports helped push the US trade deficit to its lowest level in six months in July, providing the world economy with...

  3. August 22, 2014

    WTO rules against Argentine import curbs

    The World Trade Organisation has added to Argentina’s woes just weeks after Buenos Aires was forced into a selective default...

  4. FT Alphaville

    August 21, 2014

    Video and review: "The System Worked", by Dan Drezner

    While reading Dan Drezner’s The System Worked, I kept thinking of the well-publicised conversation between Barack Obama and...

  5. August 17, 2014

    ‘The System Worked: How the World Stopped Another Great Depression’, by Daniel W Drezner

    I don’t agree with Dan Drezner. How could I? The thesis espoused in his latest book is that, all things considered, global...

  6. August 7, 2014

    Russia threatens to go beyond food sanctions

    Fears of a damaging trade war between Russia and the west grew as Moscow banned imports of a wide range of agricultural and...

  7. August 6, 2014

    US and EU food exports at risk after Putin threatens ban

    Russia has threatened to completely bar all US agricultural products from its market and slap an import ban on all fruit and...

  8. August 1, 2014

    WTO plunged into crisis as doubts grow over its future

    Roberto Azevêdo, the new head of the World Trade Organisation, struck a triumphal tone in Bali last December when he...

  9. August 1, 2014

    Modi’s move to thwart WTO deal causes confusion

    As a means to trim the bureaucratic impediments to global commerce, the World Trade Organisation’s laboriously-negotiated...

  10. FT Alphaville

    August 1, 2014

    The 6am London Cut

    Markets: “Asian stocks dropped, extending the biggest global rout in six months that saw the Dow Jones Industrial Average...

  11. FT Alphaville

    August 1, 2014

    The Closer

    FURTHER FURTHER READING - Is living on the dole bad for you? - What are academics good for? - The other aging of America:...

  12. July 31, 2014

    Indian objections sink WTO deal

    Efforts to salvage a landmark World Trade Organisation deal collapsed on Thursday after India refused to drop its...

  13. July 31, 2014

    Q&A: Last-ditch efforts to save WTO deal

    Diplomats were scrambling to find a compromise that would satisfy Indian demands and allow the World Trade Organisation to...

  14. July 29, 2014

    Business presses India to drop objections to trade deal

    Business groups have called on India to drop its objections to an international deal to ease the flow of goods through...

  15. July 25, 2014

    India stands firm in opposition to WTO deal

    The US accused India of bringing the World Trade Organisation to the “brink of crisis” after New Delhi said it would block a...

  16. July 25, 2014

    India’s ‘cereal economy’ threatens WTO deal

    It is 1951, just four years after independence from British colonial rule, and India is facing a serious food crisis after...

  17. July 24, 2014

    WTO scrambles to rescue Bali trade deal

    The head of the World Trade Organisation, Roberto Azevêdo, and other senior officials were engaged in a furious last-ditch...

  18. beyondbrics

    July 23, 2014

    Opinion: domesticating Russia

    Of course, it all goes back to Peter the Great at the turn of the eighteenth century. On the one hand, the Russian Tsar...

  19. July 20, 2014

    South Africa warns of cracks in landmark Bali trade agreement

    South Africa has warned the concerns of developing countries are being sidelined under a global trade deal due for...

  20. July 18, 2014

    G20 urged to implement Bali trade deal

    Jamie Smyth in Sydney Global business has urged the world’s leading economies to rapidly implement a deal struck by trade...

  21. July 17, 2014

    Adapt trade policy to reflect globalisation, economic bodies warn

    Countries need to do more to adapt trade policies to reflect the 21st century realities of globalisation and international...

  22. July 17, 2014

    Australia smoking rates tumble after plain packaging shift

    Smoking rates in Australia fell at their fastest pace in more than two decades, following the introduction of the world’s...

  23. beyondbrics

    July 17, 2014

    Smoothing rough trade without the WTO

    Some things in life happen often enough that they take on a reassuring familiarity. Germany win the World Cup. Belgium...

  24. FT Alphaville

    July 15, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE David finds two very different interpretations of the Chinese macro data. Dan has a...

  25. July 15, 2014

    WTO rules against US on China state companies

    The World Trade Organisation has struck a blow to US efforts to challenge the role in global commerce of state-owned...

  26. July 7, 2014

    Green goods trade talks set to start

    The world’s leading economies are due on Tuesday to launch negotiations to reduce tariffs and other barriers to the global...

  27. beyondbrics

    July 7, 2014

    New York morning espresso

    ** FT News ** * Afghanistan’s election put in peril | Abdullah Abdullah, one of the candidates, is threatening to reject...

  28. July 6, 2014

    China begins to take great power role in world trade negotiations

    Ever since China joined the World Trade Organisation in 2001, the criticism from the US and other major powers has been...

  29. July 2, 2014

    CNPC and Total in talks to transfer stake in joint venture

    China National Petroleum Corp and French oil major Total are in talks to transfer a stake in a joint venture oil refinery in...

  30. June 30, 2014

    BAE Systems restructures Saudi operations

    BAE Systems is restructuring part of its operations in Saudi Arabia to allow greater local participation as part of a...

  31. June 29, 2014

    South Korea’s rice farmers prepare for rough ride from free trade

    Lee Sang-gyu is a struggling rice farmer who fears his lot is about to get even worse as South Korea – with its long...

  32. June 26, 2014

    WTO chief attempts to breathe life into Doha talks

    When members of the World Trade Organisation launched the Doha round of negotiations after the September 11 2001 terrorist...

  33. June 22, 2014

    Global trade makes a slow start in 2014

    World trade had an anaemic start to 2014 according to figures that confirm the faltering state of the global economic...

  34. June 18, 2014

    WTO warns of creeping protectionism

    G20 economies have introduced more measures to restrict trade than encourage it over the past six months even as the global...

  35. The A-List

    June 3, 2014

    Arresting China’s slowdown: the search for sustainable growth

    There are no signs that China’s slowdown has bottomed out. A turnround would require some combination of a pickup in...

  36. May 30, 2014

    Trade is not about winners and losers

    From Prof Sungjoon Cho. Sir, Clyde Prestowitz made an intriguing analogy of a “game” when he described some of the current...

  37. May 27, 2014

    OECD warns on global trade slowdown

    Exports from both advanced and leading emerging economies slowed sharply in the first three months of this year, according...

  38. May 25, 2014

    The Academic Week Ahead

    Monday – May 26 Study in Qatar As part of a partnership with the 2013 French Open at Roland Garros, HEC Paris is showcasing...

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