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Baroness Ashton

Baroness Ashton
Baroness Ashton

In a HARDtalk interview broadcast on 31st March 2009, Zeinab Badawi talks to the European Union's Trade Commissioner, Baroness Ashton.

Huge worries about global trade are being brought to the table at this week's G20 summit.

It's at its lowest level since the Second World War and countries all over stand accused of threatening free trade and globalisation itself by putting up restrictions to protect their own jobs and interests.

India's banned Chinese toys, China has banned various European goods and there are 'buy American' initiatives in the US.

Catherine Ashton is the EU Commissioner in charge of trade.

She talks to Zeinab Badawi.

This interview will be shown on BBC World News at 0330 (except Middle East and South Asia), 0830, 1430, 1830, 2030 and 2230 GMT (except Middle East and South Asia)

HARDtalk is also broadcast on the BBC News channel at 0430 and 2330




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