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The EU has called on Washington to join talks on ways of reforming the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to prevent a paralysis of the international body. The EU published proposals on Monday for reform of dispute settlement at the WTO that it has agreed with China, India and other countries, hoping to overcome US objections voiced by President Donald Trump that have thrown the WTO into crisis. EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said the bloc and Japan had tried in vain to introduce the topic in trilateral talks with the US. “Lots of countries in the world are backing this. So please come, sit down and talk to us. That they haven’t done so far. Will that happen? Who knows,” Malmstrom told reporters on the sidelines of a trade conference in Brussels on Tuesday. The WTO is scrambling to develop a plan for the biggest reform in its almost 24-year history after Trump brought the world’s top trade court to the brink of collapse by blocking appointments of its judges and threatening a U...

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