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02/05/2016

MEPs braced for fight over granting China ‘Market Economy’ status

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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.
Global Europe 18-02-2016

Tensions in South China Sea require more active role from Europe

Member states should use their influence in the South China Sea to ensure territorial disputes between China and its neighbours do not spill over into regional or global conflicts, writes Charles Tannock.
Competition 12-02-2016

EU hits China with new steel anti-dumping probes

The EU launched new probes today (12 February) into imports of Chinese steel, warning it would not allow "unfair competition" to threaten Europe's industry already crumbling under a flood of cheap imports.

A fresh look at public-private partnerships

Public-private partnerships remain an invaluable tool for driving progress, but the unwillingness of governments to collaborate with private businesses has to change, writes Erin Huntington.
Trade & Society 10-02-2016

Commission calls for input to prevent dumping from China

The European Union launched a public consultation on Wednesday (10 February) into whether to relax trade defences against China, as pressure mounts from the steel sector, which is fiercely opposed to a move that would make it harder to impose anti-dumping duties.
Global Europe 09-02-2016

Pope says he angered Merkel with ‘grandmother Europe’ comment

Pope Francis has revealed that he received an angry phone call from German Chancellor Angela Merkel after he compared Europe to a "barren woman", in an interview published Monday (8 February).
Development Policy 05-02-2016

The future of proposed ‘new Panama Canal’ in doubt

Nicaragua's planned development of a competing waterway to the Panama Canal has faced massive opposition due to the impact the project will have on the environment and society. EurActiv's partner El País - Planeta Futuro reports.
Trade & Society 03-02-2016

EU straining to grant China MES

Trade ministers met on Tuesday (2 February) to weigh options presented by the European Commission on the thorny issue of granting China market economy status.
Trade & Society 02-02-2016

China critics fail to translate the good in its economic development

Looking ahead, China and the EU, who share the timely goal of transforming their growth models, should find ways to manage their differences in a constructive way and adopt new initiatives, writes Yang Yanyi.
Trade & Society 02-02-2016

EU trade ministers to hold first talks on granting China MES

Trade ministers will air their differences today (2 February) on the tricky issue of granting China market economy status starting in December, which Beijing considers to be ‘automatic’, following its admission to the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
Global Europe 28-01-2016

Why does Patrushev warn of an American plot against Russia?

Coming from Nikolai Partushev, a senior Russian official, and former head of the intelligence service close to President Vladimir Putin, statements about an American plot against Russia have to be taken seriously, writes George Friedman for Geopolitical Futures.

Basque president calls upon EU to counter dumping

President of the Basque Country Íñigo Urkullu today (27 January) called upon the European institutions to put a stop to market dumping and "unfair competition" by Asian economies, particularly in regard to China and the steel sector. 


Trade & Society 22-01-2016

De Jonquières: China could retaliate for not receiving market economy status

In 2016, the EU will need to start pairing back the ‘non-market economy’ treatment it offers Chinese firms. The US ?is pressing the EU not to grant China Market Econony Status (MES) automatically, says Guy de Jonquières.
Euro & Finance 22-01-2016

Moscovici: Europe is less vulnerable than other regions to China slowdown

EXCLUSIVE / The European recovery remains on track, despite turbulence in China, according to EU Commissioner Pierre Moscovici. But he also warned against complacency.
Global Europe 22-01-2016

Germany is the poster child of an accident waiting to happen

Export-oriented Germany is the poster child for an accident waiting to happen, according to a review of countries most affected by the ongoing global economic slowdown,  George Friedman writes in Geopolitical Futures.
Global Europe 20-01-2016

China’s EBRD membership may lead to drop in standards

With China’s accession to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Europe and China are becoming closer than ever, writes Elodie Sellier.
Digital 20-01-2016

Davos pitches ‘tech revolution’ in the face of mounting pessimism

The annual Davos meeting, which opens today (20 January) in the Swiss Alps, will look into whether the forthcoming technological revolution can bring renewed prosperity in times of overwhelming challenge and mounting gloom.
Agriculture & Food 20-01-2016

Hogan: Farmers’ rough ride set to continue for six months

Collapsed milk prices, the China crisis and the Russian ban on imports all mean that Europe needs new markets, said European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan. He wants to form a group of experts that can plot a course out of the mire. He spoke with EurActiv's partner Tagesspiegel. 
Development Policy 19-01-2016

Europe’s missing nod to Tibet’s development track record

Tibet has come a long way since the feudal serfdom that was still widespread in the 1960s. Today’s EU leaders would, undoubtedly, welcome the progress and democratic reforms carried out since the region’s autonomy came into effect, writes Ciyang.
Trade & Society 19-01-2016

Investing in Europe’s future is a global challenge

Europe will gain most by working openly with both traditional developed partners and emerging economies. The Dutch Presidency priorities should ensure mutually open markets, so that Europe can benefit from our trading partners’ diversity and dynamism and use Europe’s own unique advantages as a multiplier, writes Dr David Landsman.
Global Europe 18-01-2016

Another tough year ahead for the EU

If the EU can overcome its many internal problems in 2016, especially the refugee and UK issues, then it will be able to make a greater impact in the external field, writes Fraser Cameron.
Global Europe 15-01-2016

The EU and Turkey: Tactical moves, or a golden opportunity?

Confronted by so many internal headaches, the European Union has ruled out enlargement until the end of the decade. The recent decision to revive stalled membership negotiations with Turkey is therefore curious, write Mehmet Ö?ütçü and Stephen Jones.
Trade & Society 15-01-2016

Ignore the fear-mongers and grant China market economy status

Free trade has brought the EU peace, prosperity and advancement. We have nothing to fear from levelling the playing field for China, argues Diego Zuluaga.
Trade & Society 13-01-2016

MEPs braced for fight over granting China 'Market Economy' status

MEPs have started to draw their red lines on whether the EU should recognise China as a 'market economy',  ahead of a first orientation debate in the College of Commissioners on Wednesday (13 January).