Trade & Society

Global Europe 25-04-2017

Brazilian president insists reforms will go ahead despite scandals

Brazilian President Michel Temer told EURACTIV's partner EFE in an exclusive interview that his reform agenda remains unaffected by a number of serious corruption scandals.

Global Europe 24-04-2017

Merkel encouraged US will consider EU free trade deal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel fueled expectations of a future EU-US trade deal on Sunday (23 April), saying she was "very encouraged" talks were being looked at after her recent trip to Washington.

Elections 21-04-2017

IMF warns against protectionism as Trump, Brexit loom

The International Monetary Fund renewed its warnings against protectionism yesterday (20 April) as nationalist political trends threaten trade integration on both sides of the Atlantic.

Economy & Jobs 21-04-2017

Ryan: Washington will ‘chart a path forward on TTIP’

The United States is ready to negotiate a new trade deal with the UK. It also continues to have plans for the European Union, said Paul Ryan, the Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Economy & Jobs 21-04-2017

EU and Mercosur ‘committed’ to reach deal by end of year

Argentina's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Susana Malcorra, met with Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström on Thursday (20 April), to discuss the long-awaited trade deal between the EU and Mercosur (Argentina, Brasil, Uruguay and Paraguay).

Economy & Jobs 20-04-2017

Mercosur trade deal could double EU exports to South America

A planned free trade deal between the EU and South American bloc Mercosur could double Europe's exports to the region within five years, according to EU sources close to the negotiations. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Railways 11-04-2017

Freight train begins first journey from UK to China

The first freight train to run from the United Kingdom to China departed yesterday (10 April), carrying goods like vitamins, baby products and pharmaceuticals as Britain seeks to burnish its global trading credentials for when it leaves the European Union.

Europe's East 11-04-2017

EU-Turkey relations need structural solution

EU-Turkey relations were boosted in the mid-1990s, when economic ties were upgraded and the 1995 Customs Union Agreement came into effect. Its benefits were widespread. It now needs reform to continue doing good, writes Samuel Doveri Vesterbye.

Economy & Jobs 10-04-2017

‘Good progress’ in EU-Mexico trade talks

The European Union on Friday (7 April) concluded its latest round of trade negotiations with Mexico, focusing on sustainable development, transparency, services and investment. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Brexit 06-04-2017

Understanding Trexit: What Brexit means for Turkey?

Brexit will throw up many challenges for the UK’s trade with Turkey. A long period without a trade deal would be harmful to all sides, writes Onur Bulbul.

Brexit 04-04-2017

German foreign minister in London to talk Brexit

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel travels to London today (4 April) to break bread with his British opposite number ahead of the upcoming Brexit negotiations. He has already made clear where his priorities lie. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Economy & Jobs 04-04-2017

EU wants to tackle public procurement ‘imbalance’ with foreign countries

The European Commission has raised concerns about the limited access EU companies get to public markets abroad, proposing measures to tackle the “imbalance”.

CETA 31-03-2017

French attempts to delay CETA brushed aside

A group of French MPs have asked President François Hollande to delay the entry into force of CETA, the EU’s free trade deal with Canada, until France’s top court has passed judgement on its constitutionality. But Hollande is unmoved by their concerns. EURACTIV France reports.

Competition 30-03-2017

Luxury brands’ attempt to ban online sales goes before EU court

Europe's top court will begin a landmark case today (30 March) that could determine whether luxury goods companies can stop retailers from selling their products via marketplaces such as Amazon or eBay.

Agrifood 30-03-2017

EU health chief says Brazil meat scandal ‘is not closed’

Brazil needs independent controls over its meat industry, the EU’s Health Commissioner said yesterday (29 March), as he wrapped up a visit to the country rocked by an anti-corruption investigation focusing on bribery of its food-sanitation inspectors.

Future EU 24-03-2017

A very happy birthday to the European Union

There will be a sombre atmosphere when EU leaders gather in Rome later today (24 March). Just a few days after the summit, the UK will trigger Article 50. But now the bloc is tasked with rekindling public support for integration, so let’s toast its future, writes Fraser Cameron.

Economy & Jobs 23-03-2017

France’s top court questions constitutionality of CETA

The French Constitutional Court has launched a full investigation into the EU-Canada free trade deal CETA. The deal’s opponents call for it to be suspended. EURACTIV France reports.

Global Europe 22-03-2017

Costa Rican diplomat: ‘Window of opportunity can close’ on Latin America-EU relations

The head of the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB) has insisted that an alliance between Latin America and Europe is crucial to achieving "ambitious agendas" like the Paris Agreement and the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Economy & Jobs 21-03-2017

EU, Japan determined to deliver trade deal by end of 2017

The European Union and Japan said on Tuesday (21 March) they intend to complete talks for a free trade agreement with Japan by the end of the year.

G20 20-03-2017

‘Trump First’ triumphs at G20 meeting

G20 finance ministers emerged from a disappointing meeting yesterday (19 March), where no agreement was reached on trade relations after the United States proved to be in no mood to compromise. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Economy & Jobs 20-03-2017

Brazil’s rotten meat scandal strikes ahead of fresh EU trade talks

The European Union has insisted Brazilian representatives attend an emergency meeting today (20 March) to explain themselves regarding a scandal involving rotten meat and the country's two largest exporters. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Economy & Jobs 20-03-2017

Back home after icy Trump meeting, Merkel calls for open markets

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe issued a staunch joint defence of free trade yesterday (19 March), as the United States pushes towards greater protectionism.

Future EU 20-03-2017

Post-Brexit ‘member states will fall in love with each other again’, insists Juncker

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is not worried about other EU countries following the United Kingdom out of the EU because Brexit will show them "it's not worth leaving". He also warned that a trade war is not in the interests of either Brussels or Washington.

Economy & Jobs 18-03-2017

Merkel and Trump clash over refugees in first meeting

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Donald Trump found little common ground on Friday (16 March) on the management of the refugee crisis, but promised to work out compromises to overcome the dispute over the trade relations.