Protesters, many against the so-called fast track trade authority of the TTP trade agreement, rally outside a hotel where US President Barack Obama held a meeting in Portland, Oregon last week. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Should proposed US plurilateral trade agreements be welcomed? This is a big question, not least for those who consider the liberalisation of world tra(...)

Activists protest against planned trade pacts, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and Ceta (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) with the US and Canada, in Berlin earlier this month. Photograph: Reuters

American cars have bigger bumpers than European ones. That may sound like a trivial detail but it, and others like it, have big ramifications for dipl(...)

India’s trade minister Anand Sharma (centre) congratulates director general Roberto Azevedo (second from right) after the closing ceremony of the ninth TWO Ministerial Conference in Nusa Dua, Bali. Photograph:  Reuters/Edgar Su

For the first time in its 18-year history, the World Trade Organisation’s 159 members managed to agree on something last Saturday. It was a relativel(...)

Renato Ruggiero, who has died aged 83, was born in Naples in 1930 and studied law at Naples University, graduating in 1953. He entered the Italian dip(...)

EU trade ministers are closer to reaching "the common position" required to begin negotiations on a new EU-US trade agreement, according to Min(...)