Tariff Man Back, Nationalization Debate, Poland’s Pause: Eco Day

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President Donald Trump reminded financial markets that he’s comfortable heading into an election year using tariffs as his main source of international economic leverage, with a flurry of trade threats across three continents in the span of 24 hoursECB officials face increasing push back against their negative interest-rate policy in private engagements with the region’s finance ministers, particularly from northern EuropeBritain’s upcoming election has revived a political and economic debate that many considered to have been won decades ago -- whether nationalization works.Canada’s immigration-driven population boom gets credit for driving employment gains, bolstering housing markets and keeping the nation’s expansion running. But it’s also masking a deeper economic problem: sluggish productivity gainsEmmanuel Macron began his presidency in 2017 pledging to send shock waves through the French economy by making labor cheaper, more flexible and better skilled.Polish central bankers will probably close a fourth straight year without moving interest rates as they convene for a meeting this week. That pause is under increasing scrutinyForeign direct investment into China jumped last year to $139 billion even as trade tensions escalated, bucking a trend that saw global flows sink 13% from 2017 levelsChina is stockpiling U.S. computer chips, a sign that tech companies there are preparing for worsening trade relations that could lead to being cut off from American technology

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