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Trade & Society 24-01-2017

Europe moves to pick up free trade scraps as Trump ditches TPP

President Donald Trump signed an executive order formally withdrawing the United States from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal yesterday (23 January) as Europe sniffed a chance to pick up the free trade the US is turning its back on.

Trade & Society 21-11-2016

APEC leaders vow to fight protectionism, look to China on trade

Pacific Rim leaders vowed yesterday (20 November) to fight protectionism and Chinese officials said more countries are looking to join a China-led trading bloc after Donald Trump's election victory raised fears the United States would scrap free trade deals.

Trade & Society 26-10-2016

Court may help EU sidestep lone wolf resistance to trade deals

A court ruling early next year may help the European Union out of the kind of embarrassing situation it finds itself in now, with a regional assembly in Belgium locking a major trade agreement between Canada and the 28 sovereign states of the EU.

EU and New Zealand: Partnership powers in the Pacific

Small developing states in the Pacific have traditionally relied on imports of fossil fuels. The cost of the fuel, combined with its price volatility, and the islands' geographic remoteness, are all significant strains on these small economies, write Andrew Jacobs and Michalis Rokas.

Brexit 22-08-2016

‘Forget Commonwealth, target US & China’, economist warns Brexit trade team

Theresa May’s new Brexit team of trade ministers should ignore the former Commonwealth and concentrate on the US and China, according to a new report from a former Bank of England economist.

Agrifood 17-06-2016

EU food products found to contain unlabelled nanomaterials

Tests have revealed that nanomaterials are present in our food, and manufacturers are not fulfilling their obligation to label them. EURACTIV's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.

Austrian minister wants to replicate Australian model for refugees

Asylum seekers to the European Union should be held on islands rather than be allowed direct access to the continent, Austria's foreign minister has said.

Climate change 12-05-2016

21% of plant species face extinction

A study by the scientists from Kew’s botanical gardens in London has revealed that at least one in five of all plant species are endangered. Agriculture is the main culprit. EURACTIV's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.

Brexit 31-03-2016

What leaving the EU would really mean for British trade deals

The impact of staying in or leaving the EU for the UK’s global trade has become one of the most talked about questions of the referendum so far, writes Paul James Cardwell.

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.

Trade & Society 07-12-2015

New Zealand, Australia ready to accelerate trade talks with the EU, ditch ISDS

The EU has agreed to launch negotiations with New Zealand and Australia. The two countries are ready to speed up talks, and reach a deal in a reasonable timeframe.

Climate change 19-11-2015

Developed countries agree to cut coal subsidies in 2017

The European Union and eight OECD countries have agreed to reduce state aid for coal-fired power stations in developing countries. But many stations will be exempt from the cuts. EURACTIV France reports

Climate change 18-11-2015

Rich powers cut export aid for coal plants

Advanced economies - including the United States, Japan and European Union - have agreed for the first time to restrict state aid for exports of large, inefficient coal-fired power stations, the OECD announced Wednesday (18 November).

Global Europe 15-11-2015

Syria talks produce election roadmap after Paris attacks

Russia, the United States and powers from Europe and the Middle East outlined a plan on Saturday (14 November) for a political process in Syria leading to elections within two years.

Trade & Society 14-10-2015

Commission plays ‘pivot to Asia’ trade card

European Commissioner Cecilia Malmström will today (14 October) present the new forward-looking trade and investment strategy - turning its focus to Asia, EURACTIV has learned.

Med & South 09-10-2015

Russian Ambassador: West should stop playing ‘double games’ in Syria

If the West is determined to fight the Islamic State, which is the international community’s common enemy in Syria and Iraq, it should concentrate on that, and stop engaging in “double games”, Russia's Ambassdor to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

Health 05-10-2015

Text messages help treat cardiovascular diseases

An new study has found that sending text messages to heart attack survivors, encouraging them to make healthier lifestyle choices, can bring significant health benefits. EURACTIV France reports.

Agrifood 23-09-2015

Commission ready to give more aid to young farmers

SPECIAL REPORT / Over 160,000 young European farmers will start their own businesses thanks to aid provided by the 2014-2020 rural development programmes. EURACTIV Italy reports.

Merkel: Juncker’s refugee plan should be taken even further

German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed the plans unveiled today (9 September) by EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker to force the bloc to share 160,000 refugees, adding that even more ambitious and binding agreements were needed.

Australia LNG ship
Trade & Society 04-06-2015

Europe’s LNG imports set to double by 2020, IEA says

Europe is set to become a major importer for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as markets prepare for a flood of new supplies coming from Australia and the US, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in its annual Medium-Term Gas Market Report.

Sonatrach LNG terminals
Trade & Society 02-06-2015

EU plans major offensive to diversify gas supplies

The European Commission is preparing a ‘diplomatic energy action plan’ to diversify the EU’s natural gas supply sources, with plans for tapping Algeria’s huge unexploited reserves, and a comprehensive LNG strategy due next year.

EU won’t adopt Australian model of turning back immigrant boats

The European Commission said yesterday (4 May) that it had no intention of adopting Australia's model of turning back boats with immigrants. The reaction was prompted by a statement made by Australia's right-wing premier, Tony Abbott, who said his country and the EU were in talks over the issue.

The world marches in solidarity with France

Tens of thousands of people around the world took to the streets in solidarity with France over last week’s terrorist attacks that killed 17 people, primarily at the Paris office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Development Policy 19-11-2014

Cashless payment hopes pinned on developing nations

SPECIAL REPORT: Business and civil interests representing the mobile payments markets are developing global principles, standards and codes of conduct for digital finance, as cashless payments move to the fore in the developing world, following a meeting this summer in Perth, Australia.