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24/05/2016

Official: EU market is important for Taiwan

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Global Europe 20-05-2016

EU to Thailand : ‘Free and fair elections’ or face consequences

Senior MEPs have warned the military junta ruling Thailand that the country must return to “free and fair elections” or risk the future of all EU-Thailand relations.
Global Europe 12-05-2016

Thailand’s human rights record under UN spotlight ahead of EU visit

Thailand’s human rights record under the military junta was in the dock Wednesday (11 May) at the United Nations Human Rights Council – ahead of a visit next week by EU parliamentarians to the country.
Trade & Society 21-04-2016

EU importers calls for free trade deal with China

In a move that goes against the current political climate in the EU vis-à-vis China, the EU’s top association of retailers is calling for a free trade agreement with China.
Trade & Society 09-03-2016

New Orleans looks to EU and TTIP to rebuild fortunes

A decade after Hurricane Katrina devastated much of New Orleans, the city is still in the process of rebuilding and is now setting its sights on foreign trade and foreign investment, especially when it comes to the European Union and TTIP.
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.
Global Europe 23-11-2015

‘Zero chance’ of Thailand FTA under junta, Commission official says

EXCLUSIVE / The suspended Free Trade Agreement with Thailand will “never be ratified” whilst the country is under a military dictatorship, a top aide to EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom admitted on Friday (20 November).
Global Europe 29-10-2015

Rights abuses revealed in EU free-trade candidate Malaysia

A leading candidate for a free trade agreement with the EU has been accused of a major crackdown on human rights, in what could be a test case for Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström’s new focus on an ethical dimension to FTAs.
Global Europe 22-10-2015

Mandelson: Brexit renegotations would take ‘up to 10 years’

Former EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson has warned eurosceptics that a British renegotiation of its relationship with Europe after a ‘Brexit’ would take up to a decade.
Trade & Society 17-08-2015

EU, India working to resolve trade row over generic drugs

The EU and India are taking steps to end a trade row sparked by an EU ban of 700 Indian pharmaceutical products after New Delhi cancelled talks on a free trade accord earlier this month.
Health & Consumers 06-08-2015

India suspends trade talks with the EU over generic drugs ban

India said on Wednesday (5 August) it had put off for now the resumption of talks on a planned free trade accord with the European Union due to the bloc's refusal to lift a ban on the sale of around 700 pharmaceutical products.
Trade & Society 13-07-2015

New Zealand, the unexpected trade partner for the EU

Brussels is likely to start trade negotiations with New Zealand before Australia, as it often starts with the smaller (and thereby less threatening), more flexible counterpart first, writes Hosuk Lee-Makiyama.
Agriculture & Food 19-11-2014

Open up to our beer, EU to tell Japan in trade talks

Japan needs to open up its beer market to European exports if Tokyo and Brussels are to agree one of the world's biggest free trade deals next year, according to an EU document prepared for the next round of talks in December.
Global Europe 24-07-2014

Analyst: Agriculture remains an obstacle to EU-Mercosur pact

A Free trade agreement between the EU and Mercosur, the South American regional organisation is under preparation, but agricultural issues still remain as one of the major obstacles, Kinga Brudzi?ska told EurActiv Poland in an exclusive interview.
Trade & Society 24-04-2013

Brussels ready to make concessions to untangle EU-India trade pact

The European Union is ready to make an "ambitious" offer on temporary work visas for Indian professionals to help finalise a delayed free trade agreement, the EU's chief negotiator said on Tuesday (23 April), calling for India to reciprocate.
Trade & Society 20-02-2013

Transatlantic trade deal is Obama's chance for a legacy

There has been much fanfare over the US “pivot to Asia” and the idea has caused consternation in China, and Europe. A pivot back to Europe would have a beneficial effect not only on the transatlantic economy but on the rest of the world, but only if President Barack Obama seizes the historic moment and makes it his legacy, writes Frederick Kempe.
Global Europe 18-01-2013

Indian envoy: EU must remain a global balancing force

Struggling with a difficult eurocrisis, the European Union has focused much on firefighting, but it should not oversee its international role as the 27-nation bloc is a balancing force in the global governance set-up, Dinkar Khullar, India's new envoy to the EU told EurActiv.
Global Europe 10-01-2013

High-level group to give green light for EU-US trade deal

The high-level working group on growth and jobs, set up at the last EU-US summit in November 2011, will give the go-ahead to launch negotiations for a transatlantic trade agreement, said Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the EU.
Trade & Society 28-11-2012

EU ministers struggle to agree over trade talks with Japan

Britain is trying to convince France and Italy to agree to negotiations with Japan to create a free-trade area with the European Union despite concerns that a deal would hurt the continent's weaker carmakers.
Global Europe 24-10-2012

MEPs give a cautious go-ahead to EU-US trade deal

The European Parliament yesterday (23 October) cleared the way for the EU executive to open negotiations with the United States to move towards a transatlantic free trade agreement, but not at any price.
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Trade & Society 12-10-2012

EFTA: A model for EU trade deals?

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT / Countries in the 50-year-old European Free Trade Association (EFTA) seem to be more successful at striking free trade deals with third countries than the EU. But the ambitious second-generation agreements lately negotiated by Brussels might tell a different story.
Trade & Society 17-07-2012

Brussels to give green light for EU-Japan trade talks

The European Union should go ahead with talks on a potentially groundbreaking free-trade deal with Japan despite opposition from carmakers, the European Commission will say on Wednesday (18 July), in an effort to revive Europe's stagnant economy.
Global Europe 14-02-2012

EU-India: Getting the bilateral compact right

The latest EU-India summit managed to touch upon the political dimension of the partnership, yet there are still several issues which remain to be resolved, writes Gauri Khandekar.
Global Europe 10-02-2012

EU, India hope for a trade deal by year-end

Meeting in New Delhi on Friday (10 February), EU and Indian leaders said they took a “significant step forward” to speed up negotiations to reach a free-trade pact by the end of the year, which would double trade between the 27-country bloc and the Asian partner.
Trade & Society 29-07-2011

Official: EU market is important for Taiwan

Taiwan and China have been extending their economic relations, having a strong impact on European partners. At the same time Taiwan is urging the EU to start negotiating the Economic Cooperation Agreement, Cho Shih-chao, director-general in the Taiwanese ministry of economic affairs, told EurActiv Germany in an exclusive interview.