If anyone thought trade protectionism died when the Japanese started building auto plants outside Japan, welcome to 2010.
As economies around the world reel from job losses, protectionism is back in vogue.
• French President Nicolas Sarkozy and others pressured Renault/Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn to change his plan to relocate the big-volume Renault Clio from a factory near Paris to a production line in Turkey.
• German workers have been protesting Mercedes-Benz's decision to give part of its global C-class car production to its plant in Vance, Alabama.
• In the United States, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters is blaming Chrysler partner Fiat for using nonunion truckers -- a move the union said put some U.S. carriers out of business -- and for sending U.S. ad agency jobs back to Italy. Teamsters members last week put their children on the sidewalk outside the Detroit auto show to hand out leaflets about it.