International trade

Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte takes part in a panel discussion at the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Friday, Feb. 15, 2020. (Tobias Hase/dpa via AP)
February 18, 2020 - 6:44 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch lawmakers are holding a knife-edge vote Tuesday on a free trade deal between the European Union and Canada, with Prime Minister Mark Rutte struggling to command a majority. Defeat would be a serious blow for the liberal leader Rutte, who is a strong supporter of...
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A customer steps out of a Pier 1 Imports store which was having a closeout sale, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in Larchmont, N.Y. Home goods retailer Pier 1 Imports Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection Monday after years of sliding sales. The Fort Worth, Texas-based company, which was founded in 1962, has recently struggled with increased competition from online retailers such as Wayfair. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
February 17, 2020 - 7:16 pm
Pier 1 Imports Inc. — the once-trendy supplier of home goods like papasan chairs and throw pillows — filed for bankruptcy protection Monday after years of sliding sales. The Fort Worth, Texas-based company has been struggling with increased competition from budget-friendly online retailers like...
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File---Picture taken October 4, 2017 shows containers on a cargo ship in Hamburg, Germany. (Axel Heimken/dpa via AP)
February 14, 2020 - 5:47 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Growth ground to a halt at the end of the year in Germany, Europe’s largest economy, as manufacturing remained in a slump and exports fell, official figures showed Friday. The flat reading underlines the challenge facing the broader eurozone economy as it struggles against...
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British lawmaker Sajid Javid Chancellor of the Exchequer walks along Downing Street in London, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson shook up his government on Thursday, firing and appointing ministers to key Cabinet posts. Johnson was aiming to tighten his grip on government after winning a big parliamentary majority in December's election. That victory allowed Johnson to take Britain out of the European Union in January. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
February 13, 2020 - 12:22 pm
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tightened his grip on the government Thursday with a Cabinet shake-up that triggered the unexpected resignation of his Treasury chief, the second-most powerful figure in the administration. Sajid Javid's resignation was the most dramatic moment i n...
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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump welcome Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno and his wife Rocio Gonzalez to the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
February 12, 2020 - 4:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he's working on a trade deal with Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno, who became the first chief of state from the small South American nation in 17 years to meet with an American president in Washington. “They have incredible product,"...
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February 12, 2020 - 7:27 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — European lawmakers have overwhelmingly approved free trade and investment deals between the EU and Vietnam that will eliminate almost all tariffs over the next ten years, despite concerns about the human rights situation in the country. After an influential parliamentary trade...
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February 12, 2020 - 6:57 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is threatening to punish Cambodia with sanctions for what it sees as human rights and trade union violations. The EU Commission said it wants to withdraw key tariff preferences that amount to about one-fifth of the billion euros ($1.1 billion) the Asian nation...
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FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2020, file photo, a cleaner walks through a deserted compound of a commercial office building in Beijing. Chinese authorities are struggling to strike a delicate balance between containing a deadly viral outbreak and restarting the world’s second-biggest economy after weeks of paralysis. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)
February 11, 2020 - 6:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chinese authorities are struggling to strike a delicate balance between containing a viral outbreak and restarting the world’s second-biggest economy after weeks of paralysis. As the death toll from the newly named COVID-19 illness topped 1,000, global supply chains remain widely...
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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, left, talks to to European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier during a debate on a proposed mandate for negotiations for a new partnership with the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday, Feb.11, 2020. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
February 11, 2020 - 9:11 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union will only offer Britain unique access to its vast single market if the U.K. agrees to stick to the bloc's standards, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Tuesday, dismissing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's idea of brokering a loose trade...
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A weeding root machine is displayed at the wine fair in Paris, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. Two thousand winemakers - including giant Moet-Hennessy - are wooing some 30,000 French and international visitors at the Vinexpo fair through Wednesday with a renewed focus on ecology and sustainability as well as tech innovation like robots. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
February 11, 2020 - 8:28 am
PARIS (AP) — France's big wine industry, shaken by U.S. President Trump’s painful tariff hikes and the threat of climate change, is hoping to re-energize global interest in its products with a big trade fair in Paris. Two thousand winemakers - including giant Moet-Hennessy - are wooing some 30,000...
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