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23/05/2016

MES: A way to build future EU-China bilateral relations

Location: China


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.
Global Europe 18-05-2016

Valdai and EPC think-tanks discuss EU-Russia's ‘new normal’

The Russian ‘Valdai Club’ and the European Policy Centre, a Brussels think tank, failed to agree yesterday (17 May) on ways to move forward EU-Russia relations - instead comparing the ‘new normal’ of the relationship with the grey skies that Brussels residents have no other choice but to accept.

21% of plant species face extinction

A study by the scientists from Kew’s botanical gardens in London has revealed that at least one in five of all plant species are endangered. Agriculture is the main culprit. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Trade & Society 11-05-2016

European Parliament unites against Chinese MES

In a move that could change the lines of the debate, the European Parliament’s left and right have united to oppose the Council and Commission over Chinese market economy status. EurActiv France reports.
Trade & Society 10-05-2016

‘Occam's razor' principle means no to China's market economy status

There are times where it may be good for the EU to apply "Occam's razor" to its policies; a principle that gets its name from one of the most prominent representatives of European scientific thought. Chinese market economy status may be such a time, write a number of EPP MEPs.
Development Policy 04-05-2016

Oxfam: German companies complicit in human rights violations

Forced relocation, violence and death: German companies Siemens and Voith are complicit in human rights violations through hydroelectric projects in countries such as Brazil and Honduras, according to a report by Oxfam. EurActiv Germany reports.

Emissions trading should not be a scapegoat for steel industry

Scapegoating climate protection is not only factually wrong, it will also prevent the German and European steel industry from gearing up for the future, writes Annalena Baerbock.

The EU needs to raise its climate ambition to secure investment in the future

The European Union must wake up to a new post-Paris Agreement reality. It needs an ambitious climate action plan to regain its credibility as a “climate leader” and send the right signals to investors, argues Hans-Josef Fell.
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Trade & Society 22-04-2016

Steel industry worried it will be 'collateral damage' of EU's China policy

SPECIAL REPORT / European steel is worried that the EU will grant China Market Economy Status, sacrificing the industry in return for billions of Chinese investment to revive the bloc’s sluggish economy.
Trade & Society 21-04-2016

EU importers calls for free trade deal with China

In a move that goes against the current political climate in the EU vis-à-vis China, the EU’s top association of retailers is calling for a free trade agreement with China.
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Steelmakers fear extra costs from ETS reform

SPECIAL REPORT / Carbon market reform could greatly increase production costs for the steel industry from 2020, a difference the European Commission wants to offset with cheaper energy and carbon capture and sequestration technology. EurActiv France reports.

EU leaders must show greater ambition on climate action

To show leadership abroad, the EU must show its credentials through commitment to action. 2016 offers the perfect moment to do this, by pushing through a significant package of climate and energy legislation, write Montserrat Mir, Wendel Trio and Eliot Whittington.
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Trade & Society 20-04-2016

Jude Kirton-Darling MEP: Steel crisis has already cost lives in England

SPECIAL REPORT / The steel crisis has cost lives in the North East England constituency, MEP Jude Kirton-Darling has said, before launching a blistering attack on the British government for its inaction in the fight to save steel.
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China blames terrorism, economic slowdown for the steel crisis

SPECIAL REPORT / China has denied ‘dumping’ its excess steel on global markets, and instead blamed terrorism and the economic slowdown for the steel crisis, at international talks to save the industry.
Trade & Society 14-04-2016

Granting China MES very unlikely under current circumstances

The issue of granting Market Economy Status to China has started belatedly and has not taken into account the wide-ranging needs of the EU. However, there is scope to rectify this and the European Parliament is playing an active role in the decision-making process, writes Alessia Maria Mosca.

Brussels clears way for China to pour billions into Juncker Plan

The European Commission and China have concluded technical work allowing Beijing to start pouring up to €10 billion under the so-called Juncker Plan, EurActiv.com has learned.
Agriculture & Food 13-04-2016

MEPs tell Hogan aid package to tackle farming crisis not working

The European Commission’s aid package to help farmers cope with Russian sanctions on EU food products, falling prices and high costs is not effective, MEPs told agriculture policy chief Phil Hogan on Tuesday (12 April).
Agriculture & Food 11-04-2016

China buys up agricultural land in central France

A Chinese company has acquired hundreds of hectares of cereal-producing farmland in central France. This unprecedented situation has provoked astonishment and anger in the farming community. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Security 06-04-2016

Global military spending increases, trend predicted to continue

Military spending has risen for the first time since 2011, with a total of €1.5 trillion spent on arms and other weapons of war, according to a study produced by the SIPRI institute in Sweden. EurActiv Germany reports.
04-04-2016

MES: A way to build future EU-China bilateral relations

Today, what is needed with China is more dialogue not less. We need to find win-win solutions rather than to start a new fight about its Market Economy Status (MES), writes Luigi Gambardella.