If the two can reach agreement on the details, the deal could rival Nafta as the world’s largest free trade zone and make the U.S. less competitive in key sectors like car manufacturing. (The American auto industry is already slowing down.)
Mr. Trump has a critical choice to make, our economic columnist writes: Stick to the postwar economic order, or blow it up.
• “You are ridiculous.”
That was Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, when he addressed the European Parliament. Mr. Juncker was miffed that only about 30 of the 751 members showed up for the meeting.
“We are not ridiculous — please, please,” the Parliament’s president interjected. Mr. Juncker later apologized, but the exchange highlights the legislature’s shortcomings.
• At the Tour de France, the Slovak world champion Peter Sagan was disqualified after a crash that left Mark Cavendish, who has won 30 Tour stages, with a broken shoulder blade.
Mr. Sagan appeared to elbow Mr. Cavendish, who slammed into a barrier and was hit by two riders. Mr. Sagan has appealed.
• At Wimbledon, Mischa Zverev, above, unexpectedly beat Bernard Tomic, who said he “felt a little bored.” Angelique Kerber, the No. 1 seed, struggled to defeat Irina Falconi, ranked 247th.
In case you wondered, the world’s leading tennis players don’t appreciate the distinctive “Wimbledon groan” — the pained reaction of fans to failed shots.
Here’s today’s match schedule.
• Hamburg, the city hosting the G-20 summit meeting, has bet on hydrogen as clean fuel. But interest so far is limited.
• A senior adviser to the E.U.’s Court of Justice said that Uber should have to abide by rules governing taxi services in France, not by the less stringent ones for digital platforms.
• The European Commission approved a 5.4 billion euro bailout of Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena by the Italian state.
• Qatar, locked in a confrontation with its neighbors, said it would sharply increase its production of natural gas.
• Here’s a snapshot of global markets.
In the News
• Aid agencies are critical of a proposed code of conduct for search-and-rescue operations for migrants in the Mediterranean, saying they are not to blame for the glut of arrivals in Italy. [Politico]
• President Trump’s assertion that North Korea would not produce a missile that can reach the U.S. has been upended by the North’s test of an intercontinental ballistic missile. His options now are few and risky. [The New York Times]
• Édouard Philippe, France’s prime minister, called for reduced public spending in his inaugural policy speech. He also wants to make some vaccinations compulsory. [The Guardian/Le Monde]
• In Catalonia, a draft bill for a planned referendum on secession from Spain in October includes a clause that would lead to a declaration of independence within 48 hours of the vote. [Reuters]
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi, making India’s first top-level visit to Israel, sought to unlink support for Palestinians from his country’s defense and technology trade. [The New York Times]
• The United Nations appointed a former French judge, Catherine Marchi-Uhel, to collect and preserve evidence of war crimes in Syria. [The New York Times]
• Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada has a penchant for quirky socks. But his Irish counterpart, Leo Varadkar, outdid him when the two met in Dublin to discuss trade. [The New York Times]
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• Here is our complete guide to saving for retirement.
• For the 241st time, Americans from California to the New York island, and overseas, celebrated the Fourth of July. Here are some impressions.
• A truck is bringing operas like Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” to Rome’s grittier neighborhoods.
• A discovery in a German cave indicates that ancient Africans walked into Europe 270,000 years ago, much earlier than previously known.
• A $100 million clinical trial will test for the first time whether a drink a day really prevents heart attacks. Its financing by the alcohol industry has raised ethical questions.
• Maria Grazia Chiuri, the first woman to lead Dior, isn’t bothered if some critics don’t love her. And our fashion critic, in reviewing Dior and Chanel shows in Paris, notes that rarely has there been so much synergy between the city and haute couture as these days.
On this day in 1946, a French designer made bathing suit history — and helped popularize a trend of linking women to the devastating power of nuclear fission.
Louis Réard named his tiny two-piece after Bikini Atoll, the Pacific outpost the U.S. was using to test the atom bomb’s effect on naval vessels.
Women’s images had been painted onto World War II aircraft, and the plane that carried the bomb that devastated Hiroshima the previous year was named after the pilot’s mother, Enola Gay.
The atomic tests kept up the tradition. You can listen to Orson Welles announce on his radio show that one bomb would be decorated with the likeness of his wife, the Hollywood star Rita Hayworth. It was stenciled onto the casing with the name of one of her roles, Gilda.
There are many other examples. A few years later, Las Vegas introduced the “Miss Atomic Bomb” competition, combining two things Nevada was known for: its early nuclear tests and pinup girls.
And American radio carried songs like “Atomic Baby” (1950) and “Radioactive Mama” (1960), whose lyrics suggest that a couple will “reach critical mass tonight.”
Evan Gershkovich contributed reporting.
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