The deceptive promise of free trade | DW Documentary MP3 VIDEO DOWNLOAD

  • Published on Jun 6, 2018

  • Global trade is a hot topic of the G7 summit in Canada. Is free trade truly free - and fair? What roles do US President Trump, economic powerhouse China, and the EU play in global trade? When it comes to global trade, it would seem that trickery, threats and deception are the order of the day - yet all this takes place largely beyond the reach of the public eye. Donald Trump has made "America First” his agenda and rallying cry. Along with aiming sharp criticism at global export champion Germany, Trump has also introduced punitive tariffs and warned of further measures. Will this fresh wave of protectionism lead to economic isolationism and threaten global free trade? And what about those for whom free trade’s promise of prosperity increasingly rings hollow? Around the world, many people have come to regard themselves as the losers of globalization. If the true winners of free trade and globalization are not ordinary citizens, has the time come to revise the liberal orthodoxy of free trade? This documentary visits Germany, Switzerland, the United States and Cameroon to explore these issues by way of some everyday examples, including the trade in onions, floor tiles, and bicycles. _______ DW Documentary gives you knowledge beyond the headlines. Watch high-class documentaries from German broadcasters and international production companies. Meet intriguing people, travel to distant lands, get a look behind the complexities of daily life and build a deeper understanding of current affairs and global events. Subscribe and explore the world around you with DW Documentary. Subscribe to DW Documentary: For more documentaries visit: Instagram Facebook: DW netiquette policy:
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  • DW Documentary
    DW Documentary 9 months ago

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  • tillallareoneluv
    tillallareoneluv 9 months ago

    Everybody opposes protectionism... except for themselves.

  • Tony Santos
    Tony Santos 1 day ago (edited)

    World trade has made many countries prosper. Although certain free commerce zones could be too disruptive, nationalism is an error that can lead the world to global war.

  • Ronald Johnson
    Ronald Johnson 8 months ago

    I'm an American citizen. I love these DW broadcasts I catch on YouTube. They are very enlightening and lack the feel of propaganda. It seems to be a service I can trust. Great reporting guys.

  • Rick Santos
    Rick Santos 8 months ago (edited)

    The Cameroon piece, Women in the Village seem to do all the planting and a quite a bit of the work. Where are the men?

  • spelunkerd
    spelunkerd 8 months ago

    There are two sides to every thoughtful discussion, and good documentaries expose both sides. You have nicely shown how local food producers can sell their products for more if imports from other countries are barred from competition. Not even mentioned is the fact that consumers in that same country will end up paying more for the same food. Everybody eats food, but only a fraction of the population sell that food. So, you make everybody in the country pay more for food, to benefit a minority who want to charge more for something that can be made more efficiently elsewhere. Even worse, when a country penalizes imports, don't be surprised if other countries erect reciprocal trade barriers against your exports. So, those avocados that are more easily made in your favorable climate are slapped with extra duty when exported to other countries. In the end, everybody pays for extra taxation, both ways, and trade is stifled when consumers are barred from making their own decisions. Unfortunately, extra taxes have a way of disappearing to corruption and inefficiency rather than being reinvested wisely in a country.

  • Atheus Maximus
    Atheus Maximus 9 months ago (edited)

    A lot of German factories moved to Poland where I live. They pay polish workers one third of what they do to German workers. Those companies locate their factories in so called 'economic zones' where they don't have to pay all of the taxes for some set amount of time. After 5 years or so they have to start paying all of the taxes and raise wages but instead they just move to Turkey or Romania.Then the cycle continues. That is Global Free Trade in a nutshell.

  • Er ic
    Er ic 7 months ago

    She bought a Volvo and she used to sell cars. I guess she knows how far down American cars have fallen.

  • Brian
    Brian 6 months ago

    As an African, I must commend you on being unbiased. You should also cover how the USA recently threatened Rwanda when they wanted to put tariffs on imported clothes in order to revive their local industry.

  • Omega Z
    Omega Z 8 months ago (edited)

    Everybody wants to get high paid job and buy cheap stuff and curse other people who are willing to work for less and make cheaper products. So many stores simple make billions of dollar by putting Chinese Products on their shelves and sell, well most money consumer paid is actually to feed the store, it is more expensive to hire a person to sell a product then get stuff made in China and ship it to your door. Who do you complain?

  • Rusty Shackleford
    Rusty Shackleford 3 months ago

    “When goods don't cross borders, Soldiers will".

  • RUHappyATM
    RUHappyATM 9 months ago (edited)

    Is the EU really a free market when it subsidizes its farmers?

  • Lonnie Fortney
    Lonnie Fortney 8 months ago

    China only pays $1.50 for per hour that's why they make everything.

  • ThomasTheSailor Chubby

    Any time We centralize control, like the "WTO" , You will find Corruption, and lots of it.. Even if it starts out with good intentions, it will eventually be corrupted by greed.. EVERY TIME !! No exceptions. Usually sooner than later.. That's a FACT !

  • Kunipher Tze
    Kunipher Tze 1 month ago (edited)

    I love DW documentaries. They always give a very balanced view from all parties involved.

    MUSHTQ ALI KHAN 15 hours ago

    First of all I want to appreciate DW tv on such a beautiful documentary, secondone this is not the problem of individual countries but the problem of whole humanity, as the DW mentioned it's clearly that the whole money is going to offshore companies, this is the responsibility of all mature human being to find a solution for that how to stop world corrupt leader and business men to stop storing money in offshore. May the Loard of whole universe help us to make this world a paradise for all human being.

  • Willy Wonka
    Willy Wonka 9 months ago

    Interesting perspective. As a german I would really like to know where the money from the 250bn trade surplus is going. I can assure you my wage is not even increasing at the same rate as the inflation.

  • foreverseethe
    foreverseethe 8 months ago

    this documentary is 24 years too late.

  • Manjeet Singh Mann
    Manjeet Singh Mann 5 months ago

    Wonderful video and fantastically explained in minute details,, I am extremely benefitted by the video. Thanks so much for uploading such a great video.

  • Ash Dixson
    Ash Dixson 9 months ago

    I'm impressed with the impartiality and quality of DW. Subscribed.