The U.S. president seems to be trying to right past trade wrongs. But business has long since moved on, meaning tariffs on washing machines and solar panels will do more harm than good. Also, Merkel and Modi disappoint in snow-ravaged Davos. Plus: Spotify’s Wall Street snub.
The state has been stealthily reducing its role in industry by allowing private players to gain market share. There's appetite for a more aggressive approach. If national carrier Air India can be sold, look for banks, energy and other assets to follow if Modi wins a second term. This is a Breakingviews prediction for 2018. To see more of our predictions, click here.