European Council president Donald Tusk and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands at Abe's office in Tokyo on July 17 after Japan and the European Union signed a free trade deal. Photo: Kyodo
Anthony Rowley
Opinion

Opinion

Macroscope by Anthony Rowley

Global trade has bigger problems than Donald Trump, and bilateral deals are not the solution

Anthony Rowley says the ‘global trading order’ is actually a mess of overlapping and widely varying accords that have resulted in social stresses for advanced economies, resulting in a recent wave of populism. Bilateral agreements, like the one between Japan and the EU, won’t make things right

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European Council president Donald Tusk and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands at Abe's office in Tokyo on July 17 after Japan and the European Union signed a free trade deal. Photo: Kyodo
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