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30/06/2016

Market Economy Status: Why is China making a big fuss?

Location: China


UK & Europe 29-06-2016

What Brexit could mean for global trade

As the dust settles over the UK’s referendum, many are trying to second guess what it all means. Here Cecile Toubeau sizes up the possible repercussions for global trade policy.
Trade & Society 29-06-2016

Walking the same path: Free and fair trade for Europe and aluminium

International trade can only be free and fair if global competitors adhere to the same market rules and environmental, social and health standards. If international trade is not free or fair, Europe’s SMEs – and indeed its entire manufacturing industry – suffer, writes Gerd Götz.
Development Policy 29-06-2016

Sachs: 'China's development strategy is more successful than Europe's'

One of the world's leading economists, Jeffrey Sachs, has told EurActiv's partner WirtschaftsWoche why Africa needs more development aid. He also urged Europe to be more like China.
UK & Europe 27-06-2016

Will Brexit harm EU trade deals?

The UK took the plunge into the unknown and is dragging everyone along with it. Just as the EU and global markets were slowly getting back on track after years of economic recession, economic chaos this time has arrived via popular vote, writes Nelly Stratieva.
21-06-2016

Environment ministers fear the Paris Agreement will come into force without the EU

Europe's environment ministers have called for the Paris agreement, concluded last December at COP21, to be ratified as quickly as possible, both at EU and member state level.
Trade & Society 17-06-2016

Regulation, then protectionism: Is Europe going the way of its aluminium sector?

The current wave of protectionist sentiment is harming Europe's SMEs and undermining the EU’s competitiveness. It is time for modern trade policy in the EU, wrote Pieter Cleppe.
Global Europe 16-06-2016

Beijing seeks EU neutrality on South China Sea dispute

The European Union should refrain from taking any action that constitutes interference in the South China Sea issue, Yang Yanyi, China's ambassador to the EU, told EurActiv.com.
Global Europe 15-06-2016

US Third Fleet expands East Asia role as tensions rise with China

The US Navy's Third Fleet will send more ships to East Asia to operate outside its normal theater alongside the Japan-based Seventh Fleet, a US official said yesterday (14 June), a move that comes at a time of heightened tensions with China.

Climate finance short by $5 trillion, study reveals

A further $5,300 billion of investment is needed to stabilise the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere below dangerous levels, according to a study by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, an energy consultancy. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Health & Consumers 13-06-2016

EU drugs chief: 'US now looks to Europe on decriminalisation'

The internet provides a vast marketplace for new dangerous substances and drug prevention authorities risk being left in the wake of dealers and distributors, warned the head of the EMCDDA, Alexis Goosdeel. EurActiv Germany reports.

EU Blue Card reform 'counter-intuitive but necessary'

Europe risks being left behind in the race for talent and the development of a knowledge economy and has failed to compete with other OECD destinations. EU policy needs to be more flexible and knock down the barriers to recruitment of the highly qualified, writes Jonathan Chaloff.
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Global Europe 07-06-2016

Insights from ChinaEU first anniversary

ChinaEU celebrated its first anniversary with Ambassador Yang Yanyi, Head of the Chinese Mission to the EU, together with over 200 key players of the EU capital and the digital economy on 25th May, at China Cultural Centre Brussels.
Trade & Society 07-06-2016

EU business lobby warns of 'increasingly hostile' environment in China

Foreign companies face an "increasingly hostile" environment in China, a European business lobby said on Tuesday (7 June), with fewer than half of its members saying they currently plan to expand operations in the world's second-largest economy.

United States to tighten restrictions on ivory trade

The United States will impose tough restrictions on the trade in ivory from African elephants, the US Fish and Wildlife Service announced on Thursday (2 June). Notable exceptions include antiques and musical instruments. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Trade & Society 03-06-2016

Chinese industry and the EU's illness

Debate over granting of MES to China goes beyond trade policy and is mostly about Europe's lack of competitiveness, writes Luigi Gambardella.
UK & Europe 01-06-2016

Don't look to Norway, Brexiteers!

Many Brexit-proponents, including Richard Tice, the co-chairman of the Leave.eu campaign, have pointed to Norway's success as an example for Britain to leave the EU. But its fortunes have not come because of it remaining outside the EU, writes Paal Frisvold.

EU, Berlin oppose Chinese bid for 'strategic' German robotics maker

Top officials in Brussels and Berlin oppose a Chinese takeover bid of German industrial robotics supplier Kuka, a newspaper reported on Monday (30 May).
UK & Europe 30-05-2016

French uncertainty over Brexit gives way to fear of the status quo

Paris fears that if the British vote to stay in the EU, the United Kingdom’s power to disrupt the European project would grow stronger. EurActiv France reports.
Development Policy 24-05-2016

World leaders discuss tourism's potential to eradicate poverty

According to the World Tourism Organisation (WTO), tourists injected €1.1 trillion into the economies of their destinations last year. Their potential to help developing countries was discussed at a conference in China last week. EurActiv’s partner El País – Planeta Futuro reports.
Trade & Society 19-05-2016

Germany and France team up to tackle Chinese dumping

EXCLUSIVE / German and French trade ministers have presented a set of common proposals for improving Europe's Trade Defence Instruments (TDIs). Blocked since 2014, TDI reform is now urgently needed in response to Chinese dumping in the steel sector. EurActiv France reports.
Future EU 19-05-2016

Where are the limits of our Europe?

Last week, we celebrated Europe Day. For the EU, this was the time to celebrate its unity; for Sander Loones it is time to ask questions. Who do we want to be? Do we dare to set a limit on the number of newcomers? What do we do with those who are hostile to our values and our population?
Global Europe 19-05-2016

Survey: Chinese, Germans the most welcoming of refugees, Russians the least

China is the most welcoming country when it comes to refugees, according to a new survey of citizens' attitudes published on Thursday (19 May), with Germany ranking second and Britain third.
Trade & Society 18-05-2016

Chinese ambassador: 'We already have a market economy status'

EXCLUSIVE / Shi Mingde, China's ambassador to Germany, spoke to EurActiv Germany about trade relations with the EU, Market Economy Status and the planned economic development of his country.
Trade & Society 18-05-2016

Market Economy Status: Why is China making a big fuss?

China regards MES as its automatic right, but has misunderstood the EU’s decision-making process. Beijing should not over-react to the Parliament’s rebuttal, argue Xiaoyan Tang and Shaohua Yan.