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Beth Baltzan: Europeans are free traders now? That’s rich

After President Donald Trump met with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker last week, tensions between the two economic powerhouses abated, as the United States and the European Union announced an …

Marc A. Thiessen: Trump is using tariffs to advance a radical free-trade agenda

Give President Trump credit. When he chastised NATO allies over their failure to spend adequately on our common defense, his critics said he was endangering the Atlantic alliance. Instead, his …

U.S. defends trade barriers as Davos braces for Trump

The United States is committed to free and fair trade while bracing itself for possible retaliation from China over new tariffs, top U.S. Cabinet members said Wednesday, ahead of a …

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 23, 2018, 1:14 p.m.

India, Canada defend free trade as U.S. imposes tariffs

Just hours after President Donald Trump approved new tariffs on imports, the leaders of Canada and India came out forcefully Tuesday against a drift toward protectionism in the global economy.

UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 11, 2017, 9:32 p.m.

Asia-Pacific forum sticks to free-trade gospel despite Trump

An annual Pacific Rim summit is sticking with its tradition of promoting free trade and closer regional ties, shrugging off President Donald Trump’s “America First” approach.

UPDATED: Sat., March 18, 2017, 7:52 p.m.

New rifts emerge as Trump administration rejects free trade statement at G-20 meeting

The Trump administration on Saturday rejected a statement from other leading economies that warned against the perils of trade protectionism, the latest sign of how the administration’s more combative approach …

U.S. and global partners wrestle over trade stance

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin headed into a tussle over free trade Friday at a summit that will help set the tone for the global economy.

Political calculations threaten government data

The U.S. government produces some of the best and most complete data in the world – information that helps the economy work well. Trustworthy statistics are a vital national asset.

Trump’s trade talk raises concerns

About one-third of Washington state jobs depend on trade, so it’s nerve-racking to watch the Trump administration flout diplomatic tradition with China, trash trade deals and promote steep tariffs.

Asia-Pacific summit closes with call to work for free trade

Leaders of 21 Asia-Pacific nations ended their annual summit Sunday with a call to resist protectionism amid signs of increased free-trade skepticism, highlighted by the victory of Donald Trump in …

Outside View: Free trade is American way

There is much frustration about the U.S. economy and the acute loss of manufacturing jobs in this nation. But insisting upon isolationist or protectionist economic policy is not the cure …

Robert J. Samuelson: Myths shroud free trade realities

Free-trade benefits are widely disbursed while the social costs concentrate on unemployed workers and bankrupt companies.

Froma Harrop: “Dog whistle” issues rally populists

Berating “the establishment” and “Washington insiders” is simplistic, and misleading.