Guess what happens to Chinese products that try to find destinations closer to home? They get turned away:
Whether for environmental, social welfare or simple economic reasons, this is probably just the beginning of a rollback period for globalization, and it coincides with the first global downturn since the broad expansion of liberal trade policies.
I’m curious to see how the protectionist urge triggered by the financial crisis will affect the EU, which has largely taken on its current form during an extended period of relative prosperity and growth. I’m thinking about migration patterns resulting from massive unemployment, for instance. External borders are already in the process of being beefed up to keep Africans in Africa, but will internal frontiers be reinstated to keep the famous Polish Plumber in Poland? Will integration be a barrier against protectionism? Or a casualty of it? And what’s going to happen to Provence when all the English expats are forced to pack up and go home?