The United States’ opening volleys in what has the makings of a global trade war forced the European Union to reciprocate to defend itself and to preserve the post-World War II global order, according to scholars Maria Demertzis and Gustav Fredriksson in this bracing report. They argue that, in the final analysis, “trade is not a zero-sum game,” but they advise that the EU should thoughtfully enact its own countermeasures and cultivate its trade partnerships with other nations. Executives and trade experts will benefit from this brief yet probing analysis of the economic consequences of a trade war.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why the global trade environment has grown more hostile,
- Why trade disputes ultimately benefit no one, and
- How the European Union can defend itself against protectionism while upholding the global system of trade.
About the Authors
Maria Demertzis is an economist and Gustav Fredriksson is a research assistant at Bruegel.