Trade & Society

Agrifood 13-07-2018

Europol: Massive seizure of fake pesticides which could spray the size of the UK

Europol’s annual Operation SILVER AXE III seized the largest-ever amount of illegal or counterfeit pesticides in Europe this week. But the fact that such massive amounts of illegal pesticides are available has raised concerns about both the economic and health costs.
Economy & Jobs 11-07-2018

‘All options’ are on the table to respond to Trump’s tariffs on black olives

The European Commission said on Wednesday (11 July) that “all possible options” are on the table to respond to the confirmation of the US tariffs on Spanish ripe olives, seen by the Europeans as ‘not justified’.
Agrifood 10-07-2018

Could EU-Indonesia free trade deal end palm oil conundrum?

As a new round of free trade negotiations between the European Union and Indonesia begins in Brussels, Perrine Fournier argues that improving forest governance should be central to any agreement.

Most ivory bought in Europe is illegal, investigation finds

Almost three-quarters of all ivory sold legally in Europe is in fact illicit and comes from tusks of elephants that were killed after the 1990 ban on ivory trade, according to an investigation released on Tuesday (10 July).
Agrifood 10-07-2018

US questions CAP’s raison d’être with Spanish olives investigation

If the ongoing US government investigation into imported Spanish olives ends up imposing anti-dumping duties, it could potentially set a dangerous legal precedent and question the entire functioning of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), experts and farmers warn.
Economy & Jobs 10-07-2018

Germany would not be the main victim of Trump’s car tariffs

In May 2018, Donald Trump commissioned the US Department of Commerce to investigate whether car imports constitute a threat to US national security. It would seem so according to figures, but that is no more than an excuse to impose tariffs, writes Dr Clemens Fuest.
Economy & Jobs 09-07-2018

Genuine cigarettes smuggling from Algeria gives Brussels another headache

The increasing flow of genuine cigarettes from Algeria into Europe is giving politicians a fresh headache.
Energy 09-07-2018

China and EU can lead on climate action

An upcoming EU-China summit in Beijing will be yet another moment for both economies to show leadership on climate action, following the United States' surrender of influence under Donald Trump, writes Professor Zou Ji.
EU-China 06-07-2018

Success of EU-China summit in the air as trade differences remain

The EU and China are speeding up preparatory work for their bilateral summit in Beijing in mid-July. The two sides are trying to agree on a joint position despite differences on trade issues including subsidies and market access.
Economy & Jobs 05-07-2018

Swiss to revisit talks on full treaty with EU after summer break

Switzerland said on Wednesday (4 July) it had put further talks on a new treaty governing relations with the European Union, including sensitive labour market rules, on hold until after the summer break.
Brexit 05-07-2018

Carmaker Jaguar says ‘bad Brexit’ would mean it could not stay in UK

Britain's biggest carmaker Jaguar Land Rover said on Wednesday (4 July) a so-called "hard Brexit" would cost it 1.2 billion pounds (€1.36 billion) a year, curtailing its future operations in the United Kingdom.
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Central Asia 04-07-2018

The New Silk Road

The Belt and Road initiative largely replicates the Silk Road, a common historical heritage of China, Kazakhstan and all countries along its path. The economic potential of the initiative is huge, and so are its geopolitical effects.
Economy & Jobs 03-07-2018

China presses Europe for anti-Trump alliance on trade

China is putting pressure on the EU to issue a strong joint statement against US President Donald Trump’s trade policies at a summit later this month but is facing resistance, European officials said.
Economy & Jobs 03-07-2018

Top US business group assails Trump’s handling of trade dispute

The US Chamber of Commerce on Monday (2 July) denounced President Donald Trump's handling of global trade disputes, issuing a report that argued tariffs imposed by Washington and retaliation by its partners would boomerang badly on the American economy.
Economy & Jobs 02-07-2018

EU ready to start trade war if US hits European cars

The EU has threatened the US with countermeasures worth $294 billion if the Trump administration imposes further tariffs on European cars as a result of the ongoing investigation into whether they pose a possible threat to national security.
Future EU 28-06-2018

Five things to expect from the EU summit on June 28-29

European Union leaders meet this week to deal with some of the most difficult issues they confront, with migration topping the list. German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s political survival may depend on Italy’s new anti-establishment government, whose interests clash with Germany’s...
Economy & Jobs 28-06-2018

When China and the US quarrel, will Europe rejoice?

Now that the US has imposed a first wave of tariffs, Stefen Legge and Priotr Lukaszuk ponder whether the EU has become the standard bearer of multilateralism and free trade or whether it will it ultimately follow America's course of action.
Economy & Jobs 26-06-2018

EU likely to impose safeguard measures on steel imports by mid-July

As the trade war with the US escalates, the EU is considering imposing provisional safeguard measures on steel imports, Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström told the press on Tuesday (26 June).
Economy & Jobs 26-06-2018

Consumers to be collateral damage of EU-US trade dispute

Harley-Davidson announced on Monday (25 June) it would move some production out of the US to avoid EU tariffs and it might not be the last to do so. That has prompted European consumers’ organisations and importers to warn of the negative impact on consumers.
Transport 25-06-2018

EU charting wrong course on LNG in shipping, study warns

EXCLUSIVE / Europe has little to gain from trying to decarbonise the unwieldy shipping sector with liquefied natural gas (LNG), according to a new study that looks into how the EU could cut emissions over the next three decades.
Economy & Jobs 25-06-2018

EU to respond to any US auto tariff move

The European Union will respond to any US move to raise tariffs on cars made in the bloc, a senior European Commission official said, the latest comments in an escalating trade row.
Economy & Jobs 22-06-2018

Trump threatens 20% levy on all European cars

US President Donald Trump threatened on Friday (22 June) to impose a 20% import tariff on all cars manufactured in the EU if recent sanctions the bloc slapped on Washington are not “broken down and removed”, continuing the tit for tat trade war with America's nominal allies.
Global Europe 22-06-2018

Trade war rages as EU slaps ‘political’ tariffs on US

The European Union slapped revenge tariffs on iconic US products including bourbon, jeans and motorcycles on Friday in its opening salvo in a trade war with President Donald Trump.
Economy & Jobs 19-06-2018

EU dilemma on Morocco-Western Sahara conflict remains unsolved

Morocco is the EU’s most stable trading partner in North Africa and a reliable ally in Brussels’ efforts to control African migration across the Mediterranean. But two rulings by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) have revived political tensions in the region and complicated things for the Commission.