Anti-globalisation coming down the tracks for some time

Political opinion around the world is setting itself against the economic status quo, but it is only catching up with what the figures have been showing for a long time

China used to import its trains from Germany, but now designs and makes its own Photo: Visual China Group via Getty Images

It is no secret that political support around the world for globalisation has declined. Britain’s vote to leave the EU and the election of Donald Trump in the US are perhaps the most prominent rejections of the status quo. Both were driven by a more nativist political outlook, but it is not just in the West where we see a sceptical view of globalisation.

In a recent interview, Russian president Vladimir Putin declared ...