opinion David Harsanyi Published 3:08 p.m. UTC Jun 21, 2018 These days, I'm often accused of being a globalist. The word is a pejorative meant to insinuate that I am more concerned about international corporations than I am about my fellow American citizens. Now, admittedly, I support nearly unlimited trade, no matter what other nations do. It's mostly because I love America. "Hey, those Chinese communists are killing us with high tariffs, so maybe we should do the same thing to our own citizens" sounds like a counterproductive idea wrapped in a false choice to me. Harming hundreds of millions of consumers to try to save a handful of unproductive jobs, no matter how good it feels, doesn't put America first. Donald Trump, a man who campaigned on protectionist rhetoric, says he can finagle better trade agreements for the United States. Honestly, if he's using the threat of tariffs as a cudgel to attain those deals, I don't really care if Justin Trudeau's feelings are hurt. But … [Read more...] about Column: Hey, Trump, free trade already puts America first
Why international trade is important
Workers carry banners in Fælledparken, Copenhagen on May 1st, 2017. Photo: Sarah Christine Nørgaard/Ritzau Scanpix International Workers' Day, or Labour Day, is technically not a Danish public holiday but many employers, especially in the public sector, give employees the day off. Here at The Local Denmark we do not fall into that category, so we have prepared a lowdown on why May 1st is so important to the Danes, and how the occasion is marked. History Labour Day in Denmark is characterised by fiery speeches, red banners, worker’s songs and no shortage of beer and coffee. The international tradition took hold in the Scandinavian nation back in 1890, not long after workers around the world chose the first day of May to campaign for and celebrate the introduction of the eight-hour working day. At this time, Denmark’s union movement attended large congresses in France to celebrate the centenary of the French Revolution, and the Danish worker’s day … [Read more...] about International Workers’ Day: why do so many Danes celebrate on May 1st?
This article is available to Members of The Local. Read more Membership Exclusives here. On the 22nd floor of one of the glass towers that thrusts into the sky above downtown Frankfurt, a Brazilian musician is sat with his guitar in the corner of a cocktail bar, singing Seu Jorge love songs. At a table next to the windowed wall, a middle-aged man browses his phone while waiting for his younger wife - thick blond hair and gold stilettos - to arrive. Two young men order whiskeys at the bar before taking selfies with the “Mainhattan” skyline as their background. A pair of businesswomen laugh tipsily behind them. This bar is one of the favoured hangouts of the banking elite of Frankfurt. It offers panoramic views of the only German city where skyscrapers fight for attention alongside a medieval town hall and 19th century villas. And the view can be enjoyed with a beer for €6 or a bottle of champagne for €660. But on a Thursday evening in April the bar … [Read more...] about The world’s smallest global city: how Frankfurt is selling itself to Brexit bankers
Pena Nieto also voiced "optimism" that Mexico could reach a deal to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which Trump has threatened to tear up if it is not revised to be more favourable to his country. Merkel hailed as "truly good news for Europe, Germany and Mexico" the agreement "in principle" reached Saturday between Brussels and the Latin American country to modernise a 2000 free-trade deal, which is expected to be finalised by the end of the year. "We know we face common challenges, and we believe that multilateral cooperation can be an added value for all," the leader of Europe's top economy said at the opening of the Hanover Fair on industrial technology, where Mexico is this year's partner country. "And that's why we are working for free international trade based on common rules." Pena Nieto said that Mexico, long a closed, protectionist economy, had changed into an open, export-based economy "integrated with the entire world", with 12 free trade deals … [Read more...] about Merkel hails free trade with Mexico ahead of tricky Washington visit
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Screen addiction is destroying travel. Here's how to stop it Travelers are tied to their devices 24 hours a day. The travel industry wants it to be that way. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 4 Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Christopher Ellliott, Special to USA TODAY Published 6:00 p.m. ET Feb. 4, 2018 Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Tips and tricks all travelers should know Fullscreen Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. How to book a hotel the smart way: 1. Start with a thorough search. Check an online travel agency like Expedia or Booking.com or call your travel agent. Check the rate against the … [Read more...] about Screen addiction is destroying travel. Here’s how to stop it