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January 15, 2020: is that the end of the trade dispute?


The USA and China want to conclude a first trade agreement. Does that relax the conflict? Also in the podcast: Why are rating portals allowed to sort out articles?

The trade dispute between the United States and China has been going on for almost two years. Both countries have raised more and more tariffs and threatened each other again and again. This dispute has harmed both economies and is also weighing on the global economy. Today, both countries want to sign a first trade agreement. According to the U.S. government, the deal is said to be the first step in a broader trade package. At a ceremony in the White House, US President Donald Trump wants to sign the agreement himself; Vice President Liu He is traveling to China. Is this the beginning of the end of the trade dispute? And what's in the agreement anyway? Simone Gaul talks about this with Steffen Richter, editor in the foreign policy department at ZEIT ONLINE.

Did it taste good? Was the waiter friendly? The prices reasonable? You can find out a lot about restaurants by looking at reviews online. The same applies to vacation rentals, car rentals and and and. But what if the rating portals do not include all contributions in the average grade? Is this allowed? The owner of a fitness studio had complained about exactly that. Her studio did relatively poorly, although most of the reviews were positive. However, these were not included. The Federal Court of Justice ruled on Tuesday that this is okay. The portals are allowed to rate the ratings and filter out those that they consider to be unreliable. Does that distort the result? Not necessarily, says digital editor Lisa Hegemann.

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Source: zeit

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