Consider this quote from The Economist:

In truth, business sentiment in France and elsewhere was ticking up before Mr Macron’s success. The gradual emergence of animal spirits was encouraged by an improving European economy, owing to low oil prices, supportive monetary policy and a cheap euro. Worries have eased among manufacturers that President Donald Trump would spark a trade-stifling confrontation between America and China; exports are thriving.

If Trump makes an anti-free trade measure against China(Donald Trump would spark a trade-stifling confrontation between America and China) then wouldn't it be harder for European comapnies and rest of the world to make business abroad? Since free trades usually makes both exporting and importing easier. Why does the article seem to state that the Trump's action facilitated exports in Europe? Or is the case actually quite opposite?

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    $\begingroup$ You seem to misunderstand the quoted part. The quoted part states that manufacturers no longer believe ("worries have eased") Trump will make trade more difficult. The companies are happy because of this. $\endgroup$ – denesp Jun 26 '17 at 15:35
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    $\begingroup$ Superficial writing. All the "financial" columns are full of those BS. $\endgroup$ – mootmoot Jun 26 '17 at 17:12

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