Negotiations between Canada and the United States to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) ended on Friday without a deal, missing a self-imposed deadline set by US President Donald Trump. Following four days of high-level talks in Washington DC, officials from both sides appeared on track to reach an agreement, before leaked inflammatory comments from Trump threatened to upend talks. Negotiations are slated to resume next Wednesday. Canada hopes to sign on to the US and Mexico's revised trade accord, thereby rewriting the 25-year-old NAFTA deal. The White House notified Congress on Friday of its "intent to sign a trade agreement with Mexico — and Canada, if it is willing — 90 days from now." Watch video 01:01 Share US & Canada trade talks intensify Send Facebook Twitter google+ Whatsapp Tumblr linkedin stumble Digg reddit Newsvine Permalink https://p.dw.com/p/344jM US & Canada trade talks intensify … [Read more...] about US-Canada trade talks end in deadlock, to resume next week
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Princess Charlotte is set to get a specially built nursery for her eight day trip to Canada. With just days until the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge embark on their royal tour, the country has made no secret about their excitement at Charlotte's visit. Canadian media is excitedly calling Charlotte a "superstar," as she prepares for her first foreign trip next week - and it seems no expense has been spared for the visit. Charlotte, who turned one in May, has only been seen twice in public since she was born - at her christening and Trooping the Colour in June. The 16-month-old will join brother George, 3, and parents William and Kate on the week long visit this month, where she will have her own room at Canada’s Government House complete with toys and soft playroom. Canadian Prime Minister Justin P J Trudeaus and his wife Sophie Grégoire have also reportedly arranged special meal plans for the youngsters - including a recipe for Prince George’s favourite, spaghetti … [Read more...] about Princess Charlotte gets specially built nursery for eight day Canada royal tour with Prince William and Kate Middleton
Donald Trump has called for Russia to be readmitted to the G7 club of world leaders, opening up a new rift with US allies who swiftly contradicted him at a contentious summit in Quebec. Although there were smiles and handshakes between Trump and his counterparts from Europe, Canada and Japan, there was no sign by Friday night that they were any closer on the deeply divisive issues of trade, climate change and policy towards Moscow. Trump made his comments on the way to the summit, saying: “Why are we having the meeting without Russia being in the meeting? Russia should be in the meeting, it should be a part of it.” In a Russian television interview due to be aired on Saturday, President Vladimir Putin said that dialogue with Trump could be “constructive”. Trump is “a serious-minded person who knows how to listen to people and respond to their arguments. This leads me to believe that dialogue may prove to be constructive.” The last meeting between … [Read more...] about Donald Trump calls for G7 to readmit Russia ahead of summit
The US and Canada have reached a new trade deal, along with Mexico, to replace the current North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta).The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) gives the US greater access to Canada's dairy market and allows extra imports of Canadian cars.The deal has 34 chapters and governs more than $1tn (£767bn) in trade.US President Donald Trump, who has long sought to change Nafta, said the new deal was "wonderful".Until recently it looked as if Canada could be excluded from a final trade agreement to replace Nafta which has been in place since 1994.The new USMCA is intended to last 16 years and be reviewed every six years.Following the agreement, Mr Trump tweeted that USMCA was a "great deal" for all three countries and solves the "deficiencies and mistakes" in Nafta.The US has been fighting trade wars on several fronts this year, including placing tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from Mexico and Canada, as part of President Trump's America … [Read more...] about US and Canada reach new trade deal to replace Nafta
Awkward moments were expected at the G7 summit and an Instagram post from the official account of German Chancellor Angela Merkel appears to have captured one of them.Here's a who's who of the people pictured, and where they stand on the trade row that defined the summit. 1. Donald Trump, US presidentMr Trump shocked America's allies - namely the EU, Mexico and Canada - when he recently announced a 25% tariff on imports of steel and 10% on aluminium from these countries. They are all threatening retaliatory measures and the rift overshadowed the summit, leaving the American president isolated at times. Mr Trump departed before the other leaders, and complained that America was "like the piggy bank that everybody is robbing".He then tore into Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau in a pair of tweets, calling him "very dishonest and weak" and attacking his "false statements" after Mr Trudeau reasserted his strong opposition to the US tariffs in a news conference. 2. John Bolton, US … [Read more...] about Trump at G7: Who’s who in Merkel’s photo?