Deputy Director General of the Directorate General for Trade, European Commission
Member of European Parliament, the Netherlands
Vice President of Ford
Professor of the University of Tartu, Former Vice- President of the European Commission
The G20 has abandoned its long-standing support for trade liberalisation as the engine of economic growth and poverty reduction. The financial crisis is partly to blame—not least in fanning protectionist sentiment among the public in France and Germany—but it is President Trump who has made protectionism an ideology.
- Has the tide of globalisation truly turned, as it did nearly a century ago?
- Are deals such as CETA the last gasps of a decades-long era of trade liberalisation, or do they show the continued resilience of the global free trade paradigm?
- Who stands to lose and gain if globalisation goes into reverse?