Jul 5, 2017

The EU and Japan scorn Trump's ambivalence on free trade

Preparing for the G-20 Summit in Hamburg (Christian Charisius/AP)

The EU and Japan will announce the framework of a new trade deal timed to a G-20 meeting Friday in Hamburg, a thumb in the nose of President Donald Trump, who has systematically rejected the system of trade agreements that have governed the global economy for decades, per the New York Times.

The interim agreement, to be announced Thursday, would, among other things, make it easier for European carmakers to sell their vehicles in Japan, and visa versa. Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, demonstrably rebuked the loud anti-free trade rhetoric of the Trump administration, tweeting, "EU-Japan Summit on Thursday. Ambitious free and fair trade deal in the making."

Why it matters: The EU-Japanese deal suggests a move to isolate the Trump administration, whose language and actions — among them, his abandonment of the Trans-Pacific Partnership in Asia and rebuke of NAFTA — have created grave worries about the trading system that has underpinned the largely peaceful economic growth of the post-World War II decades.

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U.S.-led coalition in Iraq withdraws from 3rd base this month

A soldier stands guard at the Qayyarah airbase in southern Mosul on March 26. Photo: Murtadha Al-Sudani/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The United States-led coalition in Iraq withdrew from K-1 Air Base in the northern part of the country on Sunday, AP reports.

Why it matters: It's the third site that coalition forces have left this month as the U.S. gathers troops in Baghdad and at Ain al-Asad Air Base.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 8 a.m. ET: 679,977 — Total deaths: 31,734 — Total recoveries: 145,625.
  2. U.S.: Leads the world in cases. Total confirmed cases as of 8 a.m. ET: 124,686 — Total deaths: 2,191 — Total recoveries: 2,612.
  3. Federal government latest: Trump announces new travel advisories for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, but rules out quarantine enforcement. Per CDC, those residents should "refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days," with the exception of critical infrastructure industry workers.
  4. State updates: Alaska issues a stay-at-home order — New York tries to nearly triple hospital capacity in less than a month and moved presidential primary to June 23. Some Midwestern swing voters who backed Trump's initial handling of the virus balk at call for U.S. to be "opened up" by Easter.
  5. World updates: In Spain, over 1,400 people were confirmed dead between Thursday to Saturday.
  6. 🚀 Space updates: OneWeb filed for bankruptcy amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
  7. What should I do? Answers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingQ&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk
  8. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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The year of the protest meets the year of the lockdown

Hong Kong demonstrators protest a government ban on face masks in October. Photo by Laurel Chor/Getty Images

The year of the mass uprising has collided with the year of the coronavirus lockdown, leaving protest movements around the world stalled. 

The big picture: The enduring images of 2019 are of protest — from Hong Kong to Khartoum, across the Middle East and through much of Latin America. Seemingly overnight, though, social distancing has made such mass demonstrations almost unthinkable.

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