US-EU Trade Talks “De Facto Dead”

by Mike ‘Mish’ Shedlock
Mish Talk

President Obama was hoping to get two trade agreements in the waning days of his administration.

However, this week the German Economy Minister stated the US-EU TTIP talks were “de facto dead”. The US-Asia TPP talks have been dead as a doornob for some time.

Both deals were allegedly about free trade. In fact, neither was.

Nonetheless, that both deals died after years of negotiation is systematic of a bigger problem: rising protectionism everywhere, led by the US and EU.

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