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Global Politics Weighs on Trade

Pundits are debating the impacts of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s impressive reelection as well as the mood of his Bharatiya Janata Party. The question is whether the pre-election refusal to engage with the U.S. on stronger trade relations becomes a more permanent fixture. Even more uncertain is the policy implications following last week’s election of a new European Parliament. The traditional center alliance in the European People’s Party (EPP) is around 12 percent short of the votes needed for a governing majority. As in the U.S., voters are dissatisfied with the middle and electing more on the extreme left and right. Building a new coalition will require horse trading and probably impact the composition of the...

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