Trade & Society

Cybersecurity 17-01-2018

MEPs approve export controls tailored to stop government surveillance

MEPs approved stricter rules on Wednesday (17 January) to control how European companies export software and other technologies that could be used for surveillance, and any products that may violate human rights.

Elections 11-01-2018

German grand coalition negotiators in favour of free trade

Trade deals TTIP and CETA are particularly controversial in Germany, where they have been met with fierce resistance. As negotiators continue to try and form a new government, the Socialists may come out on the losing side on trade policy. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Agrifood 09-01-2018

Cheese is the beef as EU-Mexico trade talks resume

The EU and Mexico resumed talks Monday (8 January) aimed at sealing a new version of their 18-year-old trade deal, a project that has hit several snags – including the touchy issue of cheese.

China 09-01-2018

Macron’s Beijing visit comes at complex time in EU-China relations

On 8 January, French President Macron visited China for the first time, seeking closer relations between China and Europe. Some believe it is meant to reposition France as Beijing’s pivot in Europe after Brexit. But the visit comes at a complex time of growing concerns vis-à-vis China’s influence on the continent, warns Harry Nedelcu.

Global Europe 08-01-2018

#EU2018: Can the EU and US still work together?

Despite the well-known differences on trade, climate change and Iran, a closer examination of the EU-US strategy reveals a number of shared priorities for 2018, writes Fraser Cameron.

Economy & Jobs 08-01-2018

EU trade in 2018: A preview

The year 2018 will offer a very narrow window of opportunity to bring key EU trade policy files forward.

Future EU 08-01-2018

Will this year be a meaningful one for Europe?

Europeans have not yet entirely decided what they want to do together. The obviously powerful narrative glue uniting them, such as the war and the peace of the 50’s, still has to be forged, writes Antoine Ripoll.

Economy & Jobs 21-12-2017

EU and Mexico fail to conclude political agreement on trade deal

There will be no modernised trade deal with Mexico for Christmas. Despite having spent three days in Brussels, Mexican economy minister Ildefonso Guajardo hasn't managed to break the deadlock over the contentious outstanding issues, namely geographical indications and investment protection.

Transport 21-12-2017

EU launches investigation on Chinese subsidies for e-bikes

The European Commission launched an investigation on Thursday (21 December) into whether Chinese exporters of electronic bicycles (e-bikes) benefited from excessive state subsidies, increasing trade tensions between Brussels and Beijing.

Brexit 20-12-2017

Trump and May discuss post-Brexit trade deal, Jerusalem

British Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump "agreed on the importance of a swift post-Brexit bilateral trade deal" during talks on Tuesday (19 December).

Economy & Jobs 15-12-2017

Mercosur free trade deal could fail yet again

The risk that the EU-Mercosur trade talks get derailed yet again is high, writes Iana Dreyer, spelling out the warning signs.

Economy & Jobs 14-12-2017

EU expected to mount pressure on Minsk over illicit ‘cheap whites’

The rising illicit tobacco trade and particularly of the so-called cheap whites from Belarus to the EU will be discussed at the next EU-Belarus meeting on 19 December, an EU official told EURACTIV.com.