Thursday 7 December, 1515 – 1645

The Trump administration’s protectionist rhetoric has signalled a radical departure from the free trade agendas of previous administrations. This has sparked global uncertainty and uneasiness about how this will manifest over the next four years: will the current ‘golden era’ of free trade come to an end or will other major players, particularly China, be able to secure the future of the current system? Or is an alternative trade order based on bilateral and regional trade agreements most likely? Where does this leave Europe?