Out with NAFTA, in with the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. On Sunday, the U.S. and Canada announced they had reached an agreement on trade. Canada made notable concessions on U.S. access to its dairy market, while the U.S. relented on keeping the Chapter 19 dispute resolution mechanism in place. Broader negotiations have been ongoing for over a year, but U.S.-Canada bilateral talks only really began in late August, after Washington reached a deal with Mexico it then attempted to use as leverage. The process was touch and go, but we always expected an agreement to be reached, even when U.S. officials leaked to the media that they wouldn’t make their deadlines. Had they not, there likely would have been significant opposition in all three countries.
Another referendum debacle, this time in Macedonia. Over the weekend, more than 90 percent of Macedonians who voted in a referendum to change the country’s name to North Macedonia voted yes, in theory ending a long-standing disp