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31/07/2016

Brexit: So far so good…

Trade & Society


Global Europe 28-07-2016

The Thai junta expects people to 'shut up and obey orders'

With under two weeks to go to Thailand’s crucial 7 August referendum on a new constitution, supposedly paving the way to a return to democracy, the ruling military junta in Bangkok has cracked down on dissent and press freedoms, making a free and fair vote impossible, says Sunai Phasuk.
Trade & Society 28-07-2016

Revealed: how the Thai fishing industry trafficks, imprisons and enslaves

Rohingya migrants trafficked through deadly jungle camps have been sold to Thai fishing vessels as slaves to produce seafood sold across the world, the Guardian has established. So profitable is the trade in slaves that some local fishermen in Thailand have been converting their boats to carry Rohingya migrants instead of fish. http://www.euractiv.com/section/global-europe/news/eu-warns-thailand-over-illegal-fishing/ A Guardian investigation into Thailand’s …

Global Europe 27-07-2016

Thailand's referendum on constitution ‘could be delayed’

EXCLUSIVE / Thailand’s make-or-break referendum next month on a new constitution could be postponed, one of the men in charge of drafting it has admitted.
Trade & Society 25-07-2016

EU-China economic ties will withstand disputes over MES

Overall the economic ties between the EU and China are of such importance that they will withstand the disputes over 'Market Economy Status' (MES), writes Fraser Cameron.
Elections 25-07-2016

Trump says US could pull out of World Trade Organisation

Republican White House nominee Donald Trump suggested Sunday (24 July) that the United States could pull out of the World Trade Organisation if he is elected president.
UK & Europe 25-07-2016

Brexit is risk to global growth, says G20

Britain's vote to leave the European Union heightens risks for the world economy, finance chiefs from the G20 group of leading countries said Sunday (24 July), vowing to use "all policy tools" to boost growth.
Trade & Society 22-07-2016

Commission plans export controls for surveillance technology

EXCLUSIVE / Technology companies may face stricter licensing requirements to export products that could be used to violate human rights, as part of a change to EU rules.
Trade & Society 20-07-2016

EU dodges China 'market economy status' question

The EU said on Wednesday (20 July) it will no longer debate whether or not China's economy is market driven, but will instead focus on new measures to tackle Chinese dumping and illegal subsidies.
Energy 20-07-2016

Sefcovic: Lifting of sanctions 'should be used for more business deals with Iran'

European Commission Vice-President, Maroš Šefčovič said on Wednesday (20 July) that the institution “wants to make sure that the lifting of sanctions could be used for exploring the development of commercial ties" with Iran.
Trade & Society 19-07-2016

EU launches WTO action against China raw material export duties

The European Union on Tuesday (19 July) followed the United States to launch a new legal challenge at the World Trade Organization over duties and quotas China imposes on its raw materials exports.
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Global Europe 19-07-2016

EU should not grant China MES until it becomes a market economy

As EU leaders are well aware and have repeatedly acknowledged, China is by no means a market economy.
Trade & Society 18-07-2016

EU and Indonesia launch free trade talks

The EU's 28 member states agreed today (18 July) to launch free trade talks with Indonesia, despite growing public doubts in Europe about two major transatlantic deals.


Trade & Society 18-07-2016

Kerry to embark on EU roadshow to promote TTIP

US Secretary of State John Kerry said today (18 July) that concluding the TTIP agreement before the end of President Barack Obama's term in office remains his country’s priority, and that he was going to tour EU countries to make this happen.
Trade & Society 18-07-2016

Spain promotes self as 'bridge' between continents at Mongolia summit

At the 11th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Mongolia, Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel García-Margallo outlined the role of his country as a "bridge" between Asia and Latin America. EurActiv Spain reports.
Trade & Society 15-07-2016

EU-US negotiators falter on TTIP progress, destabilised by Brexit

EU and US negotiators said on Friday  (15 July) that they still needed to overcome large differences for a transatlantic free trade deal to be sealed this year, and factor in the setback of Brexit, as the UK is one of the United States' biggest export markets.
Trade & Society 14-07-2016

Romania, Bulgaria, Canada seek to unlock CETA by solving visa dispute

Meetings in various formats have been held between Canada, the European Commission, Bulgaria and Romania, in an effort to avoid a possible veto from Sofia and Bucharest on the Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada.
Trade & Society 14-07-2016

Ifo economist: 'China may not become a market economy in our lifetime'

Critics warn that granting Market Economy Status to China would threaten millions of European jobs. This is an exaggerated view, Erdal Yalcin told EurActiv Germany.
Trade & Society 14-07-2016

What does Brexit mean for TTIP?

Far from killing off TTIP, Brexit may provide the boost of political will needed to drag the trade deal over the finish line, and could unleash a wave of economic liberalism across Europe, write Gabriel Siles-Brügge and Ferdi De Ville.

Brussels prepares to overrule Eastern Europe on posted workers directive

The European Commission plans to reject 11 ‘yellow cards’ from the EU’s eastern member states on the new Posted Workers Directive. The debate has exposed a deep East-West divide. EurActiv France reports.
UK & Europe 13-07-2016

Brexit would disrupt trade more than previously feared

Previous analyses of the cost of Brexit on the UK economy have probably underestimated the trade disruptive impact because the trade-reducing effect of a squeeze on migration has been overlooked, write Andreas Hatzigeorgiouand Magnus Lodefalk.
Trade & Society 13-07-2016

South China Sea ruling looms large over EU-China summit

China will not accept any actions based on the decision yesterday (12 July) by the South China Sea arbitral tribunal, according to its president, and premier. They made the remarks while meeting with European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Beijing.
Trade & Society 12-07-2016

Business as usual as EU-Mercosur talks proceed despite Brexit factor

Argentina's Foreign Affairs Minister Susana Malcorra has confirmed that negotiations between Mercosur and the EU will continue despite the uncertainty created by Brexit. EurActiv Spain reports.
Trade & Society 11-07-2016

EU-US trade talks stuck over bread-and-butter market access

Few expect significant breakthroughs at the EU-US 14th round of trade talks starting on Monday (11 July), as negotiations seem to be deadlocked over bread-and-butter market access.
UK & Europe 11-07-2016

Brexit: So far so good…

I got my present earlier than expected. Britain voted to leave the EU. I still have to convince my wife, who voted to stay in, that this was a good idea… but as my family was split equally on both sides, we didn’t alter anything, writes Philip Geddes.