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Trade & Society 12-02-2016

France and EU trade policy – no longer the ‘non’ sayer

The persistent economic slump and a notable weakening of traditional French corporatism in the country under the onslaught of the digital revolution and the long-term effect of (limited but real) reforms in its various services sectors mean the discourse on trade in France is - finally - becoming more interesting, argues Iana Dreyer.
Elections 12-02-2016

Varoufakis’ new movement must answer tough questions, or fail

Yanis Varoufakis' call for “authentic democracy” in Europe bears potential contradictions. His new pan-European movement has to answer difficult questions if they want to be heard, writes Jasper Finkeldey.
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.
Global Europe 12-02-2016

German MEP: EU should not deal with Thai military junta

The threat of a ban on fish imports hangs over Thailand if it does not do more to combat human trafficking, slave labour and illegal fishing. Europe must use its lucrative markets as leverage, urged Barbara Lochbihler in an interview with EurActiv Germany. 
Trade & Society 12-02-2016

Rhineland CDU accused of deceiving voters over TTIP

Julia Klöckner (CDU) has been accused of "intentional voter deception" and has been told to clarify her position on TTIP ahead of Germany's upcoming state elections. EurActiv Germany reports.
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.
Agriculture & Food 10-02-2016

ComAgri wants Commission olive oil plan changes

The European Commission's proposal to allow the sale of 35,000 tons of duty-free Tunisian olive oil in 2016 and 2017 has once again come under fire. EurActiv Italy reports.
Trade & Society 08-02-2016

Sterling subdued by Brexit uncertainty and UK rate outlook

Sterling traded below a recent one-month high against the dollar on Monday (8 February), as uncertainty about Britain's place in the European Union and diminishing rate hike prospects kept investors cautious.
Europe's East 05-02-2016

Europe’s other Russia ‘problem’

Russia’s economy continues to die a slow death, and is forecasted to contract even further this year. Europe must shine a spotlight on Russian business practices that threaten to have a global impact, writes Sir Graham Watson.
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 04-02-2016

German judges oppose proposed TTIP courts

The German Association of Judges has come out against TTIP's proposed public investment courts. As a result, it has put itself on a collision course with the European Commission. EurActiv Germany reports.

Luxembourg seeks deep impact in asteroid mining

Luxembourg has announced its intention to become a "European reference" within the field of exploiting and utilising off-planet resources, such as minerals mined from asteroids.
Trade & Society 03-02-2016

Parliament sets red lines for TiSA negotiations

The European Parliament on Wednesday (3 February) adopted a number of recommendations - their red lines and blue lines - for the ongoing negotiations over the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA).
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.
Global Europe 03-02-2016

Thailand hits back: Abandoning EU free trade deal hurts Europe, too

EXCLUSIVE / Thailand has hit back in its dispute with Brussels over the shelved free trade agreement with the EU, arguing that it hurts European businesses, not just the military junta in Bangkok.
Trade & Society 03-02-2016

End to Schengen deal would cost Europe €110 bln: French adviser

A permanent return to frontier controls in Europe would cost countries in the Schengen open-borders area about €110 billion over the next decade, the French government's official think-tank said on Wednesday (3 February).
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.

Welcoming Rouhani ignores human rights

Europe’s rapprochement with Iran will only prove damaging, as European leaders welcome the head of a regime that is guilty of violating basic human rights, writes Alejo Vidal-Quadras.
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).
Development Policy 01-02-2016

Raul Castro on historic visit to France

Cuba's President Raul Castro began an official state visit to France today (1 February), his first ever to Europe, which is being seen as a key step in rebuilding his island nation's ties with the West.
Development Policy 01-02-2016

EIB opens its first Latin American offices in Panama

The European Investment Bank (EIB) will open its first office in Latin America, a decision made as a result of its "growing" activity in the region.
Trade & Society 29-01-2016

Member states with long-standing US trade ties to gain the most from TTIP

EU countries which have established strong trade relationships with the US are likely to profit most from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. But the deal could also benefit those with more limited economic ties, if the Union deepens its internal market, a new study found.
Trade & Society 28-01-2016

Reding: TiSA is not about opening EU markets, but making others' less closed

The Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) is not about opening up European markets, but about making others' less closed for the sake of reciprocity, said MEP Viviane Reding, before the European Parliament is due to vote on a number of recommendations.
Trade & Society 28-01-2016

ISDS myths have to be addressed

The fate of TTIP and CETA are linked, due to the issue of investment protection. If the Commission demands a renegotiation of the chapter in CETA or continues along the path of asking for different measures in TTIP, then it will lose its credibility as a negotiator, writes Christofer Fjellner.