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    1. June 29, 2015

      US trade: Trailing behind

      The WS Darley company and its fire engines have a history of taking on giants. Founded in 1908, the company began life as a...

    2. June 26, 2015

      That Russelling is the sound of indices being realigned

      As I write this, in New York on the morning of Friday June 26, stock market traders are locked in to what they know will be...

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    1. June 25, 2015

      Prepare for fireworks from America’s populist left

      If you mention the words “Elizabeth Warren” on Wall Street, many bankers metaphorically foam at the mouth. No wonder. In the...

    2. June 24, 2015

      Obama’s big Pacific trade gambit: What comes next

      The US Congress on Wednesday put the final stamp on legislation giving President Barack Obama the “fast-track” authority to...

    3. June 23, 2015

      Obama clears last big hurdle to fast-track trade powers

      President Barack Obama is poised to win the powers he needs to close the biggest trade deal in a generation, after a bill...

    4. June 21, 2015

      US-China: Shifting sands

      The satellite images of bright strips of sand rising from turquoise waters and surrounded by an intricate network of support...

    5. June 21, 2015

      President and his party trade blows

      The way Keith Ellison tells it, decades of bad trade policy and globalisation are responsible for the devastation of the...

    6. June 19, 2015

      Congress’s fast track to discord on free trade

      Congress last week blocked the “fast-track” trade promotion authority (TPA) that would have given President Barack Obama the...

    7. June 18, 2015

      Obama’s trade agenda revived by House vote

      Republicans in the House of Representatives sought to resurrect Barack Obama’s trade agenda and plans for a Pacific Rim free...

    8. June 17, 2015

      GE’s Jeff Immelt warns that US jobs depend on Export-Import Bank

      General Electric’s chief executive has launched a broadside at Congress over US trade policy, threatening to relocate jobs...

    9. June 17, 2015

      White House turns up heat in Trans-Pacific Partnership battle

      The Obama administration is telling Democrats that a failure to deliver a trade deal with Japan and 10 other Pacific Rim...

    10. June 16, 2015

      Obama wins more time over trade fight

      US lawmakers on Tuesday voted to give themselves and Barack Obama an extra six weeks to find a solution to an impasse on...

    11. June 15, 2015

      US looks to reassure partners after trade rebuff

      Barack Obama has dispatched a senior international negotiator to reassure trading partners concerned that Congress will...

    12. June 14, 2015

      A setback to American leadership on trade

      The Senate’s rejection of Pre­sident Woodrow Wilson’s commitment that the US would join the League Of Nations was the...

    13. June 14, 2015

      Obama in high-stakes push to rescue trade agenda

      Barack Obama and his Republican allies in Washington spent the weekend trying to rescue his trade agenda as US negotiating...

    14. June 14, 2015

      The fading features of trading pit tribes

      It was a language of many dialects, yet in three weeks it will be all but dead, and the tribe that nurtured it almost...

    15. June 14, 2015

      Obama must push hard to save himself

      There were troubling portents in the way Democrats humbled President Barack Obama last Friday. It is not only that he made a...

    16. June 12, 2015

      Obama reaps the whirlwind over trade

      Two decades ago Bill Clinton promised that the North American Free Trade Agreement would create 1m US jobs within five...

    17. June 12, 2015

      Obama’s fast-track trade bill stumbles in House

      President Barack Obama’s ambitious trade agenda suffered a serious blow on Friday after Democrats in the US Congress...

    18. June 11, 2015

      Sunny Chinese optimism woos a tough US crowd

      This week marked a striking milestone in the long commercial dance between China and the US. Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba,...

    19. June 11, 2015

      Pacific trade deal a hard sell for Obama

      From their base in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the residents of Henry County, Virginia, used to live at the...

    20. June 5, 2015

      US economy: the case (in charts) for optimism

      The big question hanging over the US economy is just how strongly it can bounce back from a grim first quarter which saw the...

    21. June 3, 2015

      Fed survey sees growth return to US economy

      Growth seems to have returned to the US economy over the past two months albeit at a “modest to moderate pace” and with a...

    22. June 3, 2015

      US labour unions step up attacks on Obama’s trade supporters

      The music is ominous and so too is the voiceover. “Congressman Ami Bera will do anything to keep his job, including shipping...

    23. June 1, 2015

      Obama seems to be winning over public, if not Congress, on trade

      The debate in Washington over trade and the future of the US economy in the world is following a familiar pattern these...

    24. May 26, 2015

      US should not negotiate free trade behind closed doors

      Many Americans who think free trade can be good for them nevertheless doubt whether the same can be said for the...

    25. May 23, 2015

      US Senate backs ‘fast-track’ trade push

      The US Senate voted on Friday to give President Barack Obama the “fast-track” authority he needs to complete the largest...

    26. May 22, 2015

      Surge in US workers employed by Chinese companies

      Chinese investments now support about 80,000 full-time jobs in the US, a fivefold increase in the past five years and an...

    27. May 21, 2015

      US sanctions Iraq airline for alleged link with Iran’s Mahan Air

      The US government has added Iraq’s second airline, al-Naser, to a punitive terrorism-linked sanctions list for allegedly...

    28. May 21, 2015

      US Senate boosts Obama in trade fight

      The US Senate took Barack Obama a step closer to an important win on trade on Thursday, skirting in a dramatic vote another...

    29. May 20, 2015

      Battle for Export-Import Bank signals Republican trade tensions

      Jeb Hensarling is a man of moral clarity with a simple target. To hear the Texan tell it, the US Export-Import Bank is an...

    30. May 18, 2015

      Obama’s Pacific trade deal will not tame China

      Why is Barack Obama so desperate to secure a Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal? The long-winded official answer is that...

    31. May 17, 2015

      Saudi turns to China as oil exports to US drop

      Saudi Arabia’s oil exports to the US have fallen to the lowest level since the financial crisis, showing the impact of the...

    32. May 17, 2015

      Boeing steps up pressure in fight to save US Export-Import Bank

      Boeing is stepping up pressure on opponents of the US Export-Import Bank with threats to shift manufacturing abroad if the...

    33. May 15, 2015

      The tribes are locked in battle over trade deals

      Normally the small group of wonks who analyse trade agreements go quietly about their business in the crepuscular half-light...

    34. May 14, 2015

      US fears over China clampdown on sorghum

      The surging US sorghum trade with China could face a clampdown from authorities in Beijing, who are trying to reduce...

    35. May 13, 2015

      Obama’s fast-track battle with the Democrats

      It is not just President Barack Obama’s trade agenda that hangs in the balance. The Senate’s rebuff to his request for a...

    36. May 13, 2015

      Senate compromise gives Obama ‘fair’ Pacific trade deal

      Less than a day after delivering a firm rebuke to President Barack Obama over the trade legislation he needs to seal a...

    37. May 12, 2015

      Democrats knock back Obama trade push

      Senate Democrats handed US President Barack Obama a major rebuke on Tuesday, blocking a bill granting him the congressional...

    38. May 12, 2015

      The embattled future of global trade policy

      Should proposed US plurilateral trade agreements be welcomed? This is a big question, not least for those who consider the...

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