Latest Free trade News

The Latest: Merkel open to free trade agreement post-Brexit

Sep. 18, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 3:45 p.m. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she still sees a possibility for Britain to make "an orderly exit" from the European Union but Germany also is prepared for a disorderly Brexit. Merkel said a day after a telephone call with...

UK envoy tips trade deal with Australia months after Brexit

Sep. 18, 2019 3:42 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Britain's top trade envoy said Wednesday that she expects to strike a free trade deal with Australia within months of leaving the European Union. British International Trade Secretary Liz Truss met with Australian Trade Minister Simon Birmingham to lay the foundations for a...

Sanders-Biden feud ramps up in front of key union audience

Sep. 17, 2019 11:47 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The high-stakes fight for working-class voters moved to Pennsylvania on Tuesday as a slate of Democratic White House hopefuls vowed to use the power of the presidency to crack down on corporate America and strengthen organized labor. But beneath all the agreement at the AFL-CIO...

Progress reported in contract talks between GM, union

Sep. 17, 2019 6:26 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Faced with weakening sales, a deteriorating global economy and an unpredictable trade war, General Motors and striking auto workers appeared to be making progress Tuesday toward a four-year labor contract. The two-day walkout by 49,000 workers brought to a standstill more than 50 factories...

US, Brazil hold talks on trade, Amazon protection

Sep. 13, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Brazil deepened a new era of closer cooperation Friday with their first high-level strategic dialogue in seven years. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said both countries will seek to increase binational trade that already surpasses $100 billion a year and plan to...

Mexico says it disagrees with US Supreme Court order

Sep. 12, 2019 2:27 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said Thursday that Mexico's government doesn't agree with an "astonishing" U.S. Supreme Court order that would block migrants from countries other than Mexico and Canada from applying for asylum at U.S. borders. Speaking at President Andrés...

Friendly fire: In trade fights, Trump targets US allies, too

Sep. 11, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has risked turmoil in the financial markets and damage to the U.S. economy in waging his trade war with China, America's top strategic rival. But Trump hasn't exactly gone easy on America's friends, either. From Europe to Japan, the president has stirred up...

Thai trade minister says progress made in free trade pact

Sep. 10, 2019 11:18 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Trade ministers from the Asia-Pacific region have made some progress toward completing a long-awaited free trade agreement, and final details are expected to be worked out later this month at talks in Vietnam, a Thai official said Tuesday. Speaking at the end of five days of meetings in...

AP Analysis: US-UK trade deal won't be so easy post-Brexit

Sep. 7, 2019 10:37 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Britain hasn't even divorced the European Union yet, and already a new suitor has come calling: the United States. During a visit this week to the United Kingdom, Vice President Mike Pence brought word from his boss, President Donald Trump: The United States is eager to reach a new trade...

Johnson seeks UK election bid as political foes push back

Sep. 5, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Boxed in by opponents and abandoned politically even by his own brother, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson struggled Thursday to keep his Brexit plans on track, and he accused lawmakers of thwarting democracy by blocking his call for a new election. Johnson remained determined to secure an...