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EU rules out trade deal with the US before Obama leaves office

Topic: TTIP

Trade & Society 21-10-2016

CETA: A way out of European self-dwarfism

Anti-CETA campaigns and mass protests have put the EU-Canada deal under constant pressure. Daniel Caspary MEP asks: What are we going to do if the European Union buries its common trade policy?


The Brief: Brexit is humbling footnote at EU summit

EU leaders had far bigger fish (and chips) to fry than Brexit at the European Council summit in Brussels.
Trade & Society 21-10-2016

Wallonia’s red card for CETA is a chance for the EU to be a beacon to the world

We are at a crossroads for international trade policy. The failure of TTIP and CETA would pave the way for a fairer and more democratic world, argues Paul de Clerck.
Trade & Society 20-10-2016

Montaigne Institute warns the EU against abandoning TTIP

The liberal French think tank has told the EU it stands to lose more than just trade access if it fails to conclude TTIP, saying Europe's place in the new geopolitical order is at stake. EurActiv France reports.
Trade & Society 20-10-2016

Does CETA's saga spell the beginning of the end of EU trade policy?

The CETA saga reveals that a commercial policy steered from the 28 capitals is not a workable solution to tackle the global economic challenges of the 21st century, write Guillaume Van der Loo and Jacques Pelkmans.
UK & Europe 19-10-2016

Brexit will dominate Council summit behind the scenes

With London and Brussels going head to head over Brexit, the EU's leaders are eagerly awaiting Theresa May's first European Council summit this week. EurActiv France reports.
Trade & Society 19-10-2016

EU leaders face ‘credibility’ test with CETA

Belgium’s Wallonia region will be at the centre of attention when EU heads of states and government meet tomorrow and Friday (20-21 October), as the French-speaking region’s opposition to a proposed EU-Canada free trade agreement is expected to dominate summit talks.
Global Europe 18-10-2016

‘Dangerously complacent’ Europe unready for Trump or Clinton

European leaders have either underestimated the danger of a Donald Trump presidency or overestimated the level of continuity Hillary Clinton will bring, according to a new study by the European Council on Foreign Relations.
Agriculture & Food 17-10-2016

Hogan: Farmers have to seek 'alternatives' for post-Brexit world

European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan has warned Spanish farmers they will "have to find alternative markets" once the UK leaves the EU. The bloc has increased its budget for finding new market opportunities as a result. EurActiv Spain reports.
Trade & Society 17-10-2016

Giegold MEP: Constitutional court CETA decision 'balanced' but concerns remain

Germany’s ruling parties champion the cause of proper subsidiarity when it suits them, but conveniently forget it when it comes to free trade, said Sven Giegold MEP, in an interview with EurActiv Germany about CETA.
Trade & Society 17-10-2016

CETA not the progressive agreement it claims to be

The EU-Canada trade agreement (CETA) will raise international standards while creating jobs, according to its supporters. Both assumptions are wrong: if CETA really was such a progressive agreement, it would have been negotiated in a transparent way and democracy would not have been undermined by preliminary application, argue a number of MEPS.
Trade & Society 14-10-2016

Belgian region of Wallonia blocks EU-Canada trade deal

Lawmakers in the small Belgian region of Wallonia today (14 October) voted to block an EU-Canada trade deal in a move set to have serious implications for future trade talks with the US and a non-EU UK.

The Brief: Nicola the Bruce

Robert the Bruce was a Scottish king. He is famous for two things, one of which involves a spider. The other involves thumping the English.

Commission faces EU court battle over secret TTIP documents

EXCLUSIVE/ The European Commission faces an EU court battle to keep secret its lawyers’ analysis on whether the controversial investor-state-dispute (ISDS) clause in draft trade deals with the USA and Canada is illegal.
Agriculture & Food 13-10-2016

GMO experts: 'It's an emotional debate, but not an irrational one'

The High Council of Biotechnology (HCB) held a conference on the implementation of the EU's GMO rules. HCB President Christine Noiville and Frans Brom, a member of the Dutch government’s scientific council, answered EurActiv France’s questions on the subject.

Trade & Society 13-10-2016

Mercosur to consider trade deal with United Kingdom

The EU and South America’s Mercosur bloc could strike a free trade deal within two years, according to Argentina's Commerce Secretary Miguel Braun. After Brexit, Mercosur would be open to a separate trade deal with the UK.

The Brief: A brain-TiSA for Juncker and Timmermans

Who really calls the shots when it comes to EU trade policy - the USA or Germany?
Trade & Society 11-10-2016

European Commission paralysed over data flows in TiSA trade deal

European Commission officials have struck a deal that could put a clause guaranteeing international data flows into a trade agreement with 22 countries outside the bloc, including the United States and Australia.
Trade & Society 11-10-2016

Belgian regions could block EU-Canada trade deal

Belgium's regional parliaments could block an EU-Canada trade deal, officials said Monday (10 October), in a move with implications for future trade talks with the US and a non-EU Britain.
Trade & Society 07-10-2016

EU, US negotiators officially drop aim of concluding TTIP in 2016

Negotiators on both sides of the Atlantic have clearly given up on the idea of concluding TTIP talks this year, despite progress achieved on the technical aspects of the negotiations.
Trade & Society 07-10-2016

Leaked CETA declaration given short shrift

Five leaked pages of a draft declaration on the EU-Canada trade deal, CETA, have surfaced ahead of a Council meeting on 18 October when all member states will be asked to adopt it. It has done little to placate the concerns of the agreement's critics. EurActiv Germany reports.
Future EU 04-10-2016

Kerry makes the case for a united Europe

US Secretary of State John Kerry made the case on Tuesday (4 October) for a stronger European Union after the Brexit vote, arguing in favour of a reformed EU and reinforced partnership between the United States and Europe in the face of growing populism and a more muscular Russia.
Trade & Society 26-09-2016

TTIP: Negotiations ‘in the void’

Negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are forging ahead, despite opposition from a number of countries. And the American elections are almost certain to compromise the deal. EurActiv France reports.
Trade & Society 23-09-2016

EU rules out trade deal with the US before Obama leaves office

The European Commission and member states agreed on Friday (23 September) that it is “unlikely” to conclude the negotiations over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership  (TTIP) with the US before the end of Barack Obama’s presidency.