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(...)

Eventual tariffs on autos could hit companies including Korea’s Hyundai Motor, Japan’s Toyota and Germany’s BMW, as well as global factories for US brands General Motors, Ford Motor, and Fiat Chrysler

Canada, the European Union, Japan, Mexico and South Korea will meet in Geneva next week to discuss how to respond to threats by US president Donald Tr(...)

“This decision is not only illegal, it’s an error on several counts,” – French President Emmanuel Macron responds to decision by US administration to impose tariffs on EU steel and aluminium imports to US. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer / EPA

French President Emmanuel Macron has said he “deplores” US President Donald Trump’s “illegal” decision to impose tariffs on European steel and alumini(...)

EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom at the World Trade Organisation conference in Buenos Aires. Photograph: Getty Images

It took close to eight years to create the World Trade Organisation. The global policeman on world trade has never been one for speedy progress. But, (...)

WTO  director general Roberto Azevedo. “The poor performance over the year was largely due to a significant slowdown in emerging markets where imports basically stagnated last year”

World trade is on track to expand 2.4 per cent this year, though there is “deep uncertainty” about economic and policy developments, particularly in t(...)

Web Summit co-founder Paddy Cosgrave  with Portugal’s prime minister Antonio Costa at the event’s start. Photograph: Rafael Marchante/Reuters

The Web Summit kicked off its opening ceremony in Lisbon, but the event didn’t go without a hitch. While 3,000 people stood outside the MEO Arena wa(...)

Financial help will go to countries that Britain will need on its side as it seeks to re-establish trading rights at the World Trade Organisation. Photograph: iStock

The United Kingdom is planning to use its international aid budget of £12 billion (€13.3 billion) to win friends among the world’s poorest countries a(...)

Roberto Azevedo (left), Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), greets Britain’s International Trade Secretary Liam Fox (right) before a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. Photograph: Pierre Albouy/Reuters

The World Trade Organization cut its forecast for global trade growth this year by more than a third on Tuesday, reflecting a slowdown in China and fa(...)

The global tech industry sees the deal as a badly needed update to the rules governing the trade in everything from video game consoles to semiconductors.

The US, China and the EU are expected to sign up this week to what would be the biggest tariff agreement struck at the World Trade Organisation in al(...)

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(...)

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