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WTO: Global Trade to Expand at Slower Pace Due to Europe

World trade is expected to grow by 2.5 percent this year and 4.5 percent in 2014, the World Trade Organization's new chief, Roberto Azevedo, said on Monday, revising down previous estimates of 3.3 percent and 5 percent.

http://www.moneynews.com/Economy/world-trade-organization-global-trade-forecast/2013/09/09/id/524513

9 Sep 2013
Thomson/Reuters,  Money News

Protectionism Through the Back Door

Many countries are battening the hatches in response to the financial crisis. Protectionism is on the rise worldwide - a recent study names 400 measures that hampered free trade over the past 12 months alone.

http://www.dw.de/protectionism-through-the-back-door/a-16937108

9 Jul 2013
Insa Wrede,  Deutsche Welle

Tainted Trade Rules to Face a Bali Crossroads

In the wake of the Great Recession, world trade and investment have faltered. Responsible officials turned a blind eye to fresh liberalisation, and instead condoned a quiet resurgence of protectionist measures.

http://www.businessspectator.com.au/comment/357091

8 Jul 2013
Cathleen Cimino, Gary Clyde Hufbauer and Jeffrey Schott,  Business Spectator

World Trade Volume Rose by 1.4% in April - CPB

The volume of world trade rose in April following two straight months of decline, a reflection of modest growth in the global economy growth.

http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20130624-703192.html

24 Jun 2013
Paul Hannon,  The Wall Street Journal

Can G20 Leaders Save the Multilateral Trading System? Will They Bother?

This week saw the US and EU agree to launch talks on what has been described as potentially the 'biggest bilateral trade deal in history.'

http://www.lowyinterpreter.org/post/2013/06/19/Can-G20-leaders-save-the-multilateral-trading-system-Will-they-bother.aspx

19 Jun 2013
Mark Thirlwell,  The Interpreter

EU gains from "Jekyll and Hyde" trade tactics with China - study

The European Union's best strategy for boosting exports to China is a "Jekyll and Hyde" trade policy, blending diplomatic overtures with tough legal action against dumping and protectionism, a study published on Monday said.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/03/18/uk-eu-china-trade-study-idUKBRE92H0LZ20130318

18 Mar 2013
Tom Miles,  Reuters

Switzerland prepares to sit at G20 head table

For the first time Switzerland is taking part in meetings of the finance ministers and central bank governors of the G20 group of the world’s most economically powerful countries thanks to support from Russia, which holds the G20 presidency.

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/politics/Switzerland_prepares_to_sit_at_G20_head_table.html?cid=34965482

13 Feb 2013
Andrea Ornelas,  Swiss Info

Indonesia, Washington and 'free trade'

Protectionist Measures in Indonesia are hurting the American export market.

http://seattletimes.com/html/soundeconomywithjontalton/2019673578_indonesia_wash...

13 Nov 2012
Jon Talton,  The Seattle Times

2013 Index of Economic Freedom: No Boost in Trade Freedom

Abstract: The Heritage Foundation has been tracking and ranking trade freedom around the world since 1995. The rankings have consistently shown a correlation between trade freedom and improved lives for people around the world—and vice versa. The latest rankings, in the forthcoming 2013 Index of Economic Freedom, once again confirm that connection.

http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/10/2013-index-of-economic-freedom-...

25 Oct 2012
Bryan Riley and Ambassador Terry Miller,  The Heritage Foundation

The Sad Truth Behind Growing Clashes at the WTO

Before the financial crisis ushered in the current global economic downturn, there was a strong intellectual consensus among mainstream economists and policymakers about the merits of free trade. The world had seen the spread of pro-competition principles, binding multilateral trade rules, hundreds of so-called free trade agreements, and literally thousands of bilateral investment treaties.

http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/10/the_sad_truth_behind_the_growi.html

22 Oct 2012
Vinod K. Aggarwal and Simon J. Evenett ,  Harvard Business Review