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Global Europe 22-07-2020

Cambodia: Between COVID-19 and EBA Withdrawal

For Cambodia, the impact of COVID-19 is similar to a simulation of the possible withdrawal of the EU-driven Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme. In the current situation, if EBA is to be withdrawn, it would signify "a nail in the coffin" of the already dying garment industry, the country's biggest employer, writes Sim Vireak.
EU-China 16-10-2018

ASEM comes to town

Apart from the UN General Assembly, the biggest gathering of world leaders takes place in Brussels this week, the biannual Asia-Europe meeting, known as ASEM. Representing two-thirds of the world’s population, trade and GDP, Europe and Asia have lots to discuss, writes Fraser Cameron.
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ASEAN 24-05-2018

ASEAN can show the way for Europe on Trade

From Kuala Lumpur, the global trading system currently resembles a high-stakes poker game played by giants – China, the US and the EU. ASEAN as a region feels almost like an outlier, writes Dato’ Lee Yeow Chor.
Global Europe 20-02-2018

They talk of war but it’s their own citizens these ‘strong’ men fear most

In the current geopolitical context, European support for those fighting for human dignity is more important than ever, writes Shada Islam.
Global Europe 23-11-2017

A European view of Trump’s China visit

The ‘America First’ policy of Donald Trump leaves a big window of opportunity for the EU in Asia, writes Geoffrey Harris.
Trade & Society 16-02-2017

Asia wants a stronger global role for Europe

Given the unpredictability surrounding the future of US foreign policy, many Asian countries are beating a path to Brussels to shore up their relations with the EU, which remains the strongest supporter of the multilateral system, writes Fraser Cameron.
Global Europe 08-11-2016

Thai exiled activist: Royal succession is an abyss for human rights

The EU suspended Free Trade Agreement talks with Thailand after its military coup. Now into its third year under dictatorship following the coup d'état on May 22, 2014, things are likely to get worse before they get better, writes Jaran Ditapichai.
Brexit 27-06-2016

Will Brexit harm EU trade deals?

The UK took the plunge into the unknown and is dragging everyone along with it. Just as the EU and global markets were slowly getting back on track after years of economic recession, economic chaos this time has arrived via popular vote, writes Nelly Stratieva.
Trade & Society 15-03-2016

EU free trade deal will trap Vietnam in low-wage, low-skill cycle

The EU Ombudsman criticised the Commission this month for failing to provide an audit of how its Free Trade Agreement with Vietnam would affect human rights before signing off the deal. Ruth Kelly, explains how it will trap Vietnam in a low-profit-low-wage cycle.
Trade & Society 21-10-2015

Does the new EU trade communication deserve to be called a ‘strategy’?

The new EU trade strategy, Trade For All, seeks to please everybody, but fails to confront the most difficult issues ahead of EU trade policy, argues Iana Dreyer.
Development Policy 20-04-2015

A new political impetus for the fight against malaria

Past successes should not hide what remains to be done towards complete eradication of malaria, write Maurice Ponga and Cristian Dan Preda.
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