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US allies  should not support American attempts to thwart China’s rise. Photograph: EPA

Where does deepening economic conflict between the US and China leave the rest of the world, especially historic allies of the US? In normal circumsta(...)

Donald Trump did not say what kind of measures he was looking for to rein in automotive imports, but quotas could be an  option. Photograph: EPA

The US is giving the EU, Japan and other countries a six-month window to reduce car imports as an alternative to car tariffs, president Donald Trump (...)

WTO Rules OK! Pro-Brexit graffiti in Leave-voting Thrapston in Northamptonshire, UK. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Image of the week: Mount Brexit “Brexit now, WTO rules OK!” reads this pro-Brexit graffiti on a fence above a new housing development in Thrapston, N(...)

Nigel Farage during the Brexit Party’s European Parliament elections campaign launch in Coventry. Photograph: Darren Staples/Bloomberg

A few hundred people are crowded into a warehouse belonging to an industrial cleaning company, in an area called Longford in Coventry. It’s a peculiar(...)

“What would it mean to your business if a truck coming through Dublin Port were to take 24 hours instead of 10 minutes?” asks David McGee, Brexit partner at PwC Ireland

David McGee, Brexit partner at PwC Ireland, characterises the original Brexit cut-off date of March 29th as “B-Day”, which captures what is perhaps, f(...)

A hard Brexit would probably increase the cost of living for all households in Ireland by 2-3.1 per cent. Photograph: iStock

Brexit will increase costs for businesses and, ultimately, prices for consumers. The question is by how much. “Prices will go up for three reasons: i(...)

Hard Brexit: “The impact would be devastating,” says Dairygold chief executive Jim Woulfe. Photograph : Matt Kavanagh

Dairygold, the State’s largest farmer-owned processor, has warned that its sizeable UK cheese business would effectively be wiped out in the event of (...)

US President Donald Trump’s administration is proposing tariffs in EU goods in response to Airbus support. Photograph: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The European Union is preparing retaliatory tariffs against the United States over subsidies to Boeing, significantly escalating transatlantic trade t(...)

The Third Policeman: the secret key to another long-running drama in which everyone is lost and everything begins to look a lot like hell: Brexit.

In 2005, viewers around the world were sucked into a meandering TV drama called Lost, in which it was never quite clear what was going on. Then the w(...)

World Trade Organization director-general Roberto Azevedo attends a news conference on the annual global trade forecast at WTO headquarters in Geneva. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

The World Trade Organization has warned that global trade would face “strong headwinds” over the next two years as it reported that commercial tension(...)

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