Trump’s departure from free trade further weakens the World Trade Organization. But this also offers opportunities for the European Union.
Discussions at the WTO conference on global trade liberalization rules Photo: dpa
According to some delegates, there is much more at stake than just liberalization. At stake at the World Trade Organization, which has been meeting in Buenos Aires since Sunday, are substantive issues, but above all the future significance of the WTO as the guardian of free world trade itself. The issue has been raised by U.S. President Donald Trump. He had already called the WTO a "disaster" during the election campaign. And even after he took office in January, his distance from the rule-maker and overseer of global trade remained great.