Latest Free trade News

On immigration, Mideast and more, Kushner keeps pushing

Feb. 14, 2019 6:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The ink wasn't dry on a border security compromise before Jared Kushner had moved on to another enormous challenge. As lawmakers fine-tuned a border agreement that the president's son-in-law and senior adviser had been unable to extract from Capitol Hill in earlier talks, Kushner was at...

EU parliament approves EU-Singapore trade deal

Feb. 13, 2019 6:52 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Parliament has approved a free trade deal with Singapore that the European Union hopes to use as a blueprint for further deals in southeast Asia. The legislature approved the deal in several votes with a large majority and it will become operational after the member states give...

A political 'bomb' over drug prices could threaten NAFTA 2.0

Feb. 12, 2019 12:16 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The clash over free trade in North America has long been fought over familiar issues: Low-paid Mexican workers. U.S. factories that move jobs south of the border. Canada's high taxes on imported milk and cheese. But as Democrats in Congress consider whether to back a revamped regional...

A political 'bomb' over drug prices could threaten NAFTA 2.0

Feb. 12, 2019 12:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The clash over free trade in North America has long been fought over familiar issues: Low-paid Mexican workers. U.S. factories that move jobs south of the border. Canada's high taxes on imported milk and cheese. But as Democrats in Congress consider whether to back a revamped regional...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump on US-Mexican trade

Feb. 5, 2019 10:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A look at one of President Donald Trump's statements from his State of the Union address on Tuesday night and how it compares with the facts: TRUMP: "Our new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement — or USMCA — will replace NAFTA and deliver for American workers: bringing back our...

Japan, Germany want to curb Brexit's global economic impact

Feb. 4, 2019 8:52 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The leaders of Germany and Japan said Monday they will try to minimize the global economic impact from Britain's upcoming departure from the European Union and pledged to defend free trade in the face of rising protectionism. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and visiting German Chancellor...

As US questions free trade, EU and Japan usher in new deal

Feb. 1, 2019 7:04 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and Japan on Friday ushered in a landmark trade deal they say will boost business between the two economic powers and sends the message that international pacts still have a purpose in an age of increasing protectionism. The agreement that comes into effect will scrap...

UK farmers worry where exports will go without EU deal

Jan. 30, 2019 11:37 AM EST

CEREDIGION, Wales (AP) — Wyn Evans's family has owned this 200-acre plot in western Wales for generations, a bucolic expanse where 370 sheep and 80 cows feast on the verdant grasses of undulating hillsides. Evans, 55, wants his son to take over the farm that's been in the family for 500 years. But he's...

EU-Canada trade deal gets green light from legal adviser

Jan. 29, 2019 5:10 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — A key adviser to the European Union's highest court said Tuesday that a controversial element on dispute settlement in the free trade agreement with Canada complies with EU law. Advocate General Yves Bot said in a legal opinion that the 2016 agreement does not impede the autonomy of EU law...

The Latest: Soros warns on China, urges US take tough line

Jan. 24, 2019 3:42 PM EST

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The Latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (all times local): 9:25 p.m. Billionaire philanthropist George Soros says he thinks Chinese President Xi Jinping is "the most dangerous opponent of open societies." Soros said Thursday during a speech on the sidelines of...