Trade & Society

Europe launches last-ditch effort to avoid US tariffs

Economy & Jobs 17-09-2019

The European Commission has dangled the prospect of limiting its public subsidies to the US administration in an attempt to avoid further tariffs from Washington that could come as early as next month in the context of the Airbus-Boeing dispute.

Economy & Jobs 20-09-2019

France and Germany show unity in response to US-China trade war

Paris and Berlin are sticking together in the face of the American trade threat. Both countries want to do everything possible to avoid the introduction of new customs duties between Europe and the US. EURACTIV France reports.
EU-China 19-09-2019

Chinese ambassador asks EU for evidence that Huawei is a ‘security threat‘

The European Union needs to show “concrete evidence” that the Chinese tech giant Huawei is a security threat, China’s Ambassador to Slovakia Lin Lin told EURACTIV Slovakia in an interview.
Economy & Jobs 17-09-2019

Ukraine under EU pressure to criminalise tobacco smuggling

The European Union is stepping up the pressure on Kyiv to take a firmer stance on tobacco smuggling and criminalise it in line with the country’s commitments under the terms of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, EURACTIV has learnt.
Economic governance 12-09-2019

All signs point towards recession in Germany

The ifo Institute for Economic Research has lowered its forecast for Germany's economic growth for 2019 and 2020. Instead of the previously predicted 0.6%, the institute now expects a 0.5% growth rate for 2019. A potential hard Brexit and escalation of trade wars with the US were not taken into account. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 11-09-2019

Commissioner Malmström: My successor will have a lot of work to do

"My successor will have a lot of work to do," the current EU trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström told Efe during her visit to Madrid on Tuesday (10 September). She pointed to relations with the US and China as being among the "very long list" of challenges facing her successor. EURACTIV's partner Euroefe reports.
Competition 11-09-2019

A new team to defend Europe’s economic sovereignty

Achieving a “more assertive” Europe that can improve its competitiveness and sovereignty in an increasingly hostile world. These are the main guidelines of President-elect Ursula von der Leyen to the new College of Commissioners, unveiled on Tuesday (10 September).
Economy & Jobs 02-09-2019

Faced with ‘dogmatic’ EU, Switzerland may turn to UK on research cooperation

Switzerland is unlikely to strike a deal with the European Union this year over a stalled partnership treaty, its economy minister said, extending an impasse that has hurt bilateral ties and disrupted cross-border share trading.
Economy & Jobs 27-08-2019

Macron wraps ‘very unifying’ G7 summit with Trump

French President Emmanuel Macron steered a tense G7 summit towards a happy conclusion on Monday (26 August), in what will be remembered as one of the most conciliatory gatherings since Donald Trump took over the US presidency.
Economy & Jobs 26-08-2019

The Brief – We did(n’t) start the fire

Grim as it may seem, the burning of the Amazon rainforest is an opportunity for the EU’s new leaders to prove that Brussels walks the walk when it comes to climate change.
Global Europe 24-08-2019

EU to retaliate if Trump slaps tariffs on French wine

The EU will react with new tariffs against US products if Donald Trump decides to impose duties on French wine, European Council President Donald Tusk said hours before the opening of what is likely to be a heated G7 summit on Saturday (24 August).
Economy & Jobs 23-08-2019

G7 leaders to rethink capitalism as risk of recession looms

The leaders of the G7 nations will not sign a final comuniqué when they gather in Biarritz (France) this weekend, and will instead discuss how to rethink capitalism and multilateralism amid the persistent inequalities and the risk of a new recession. 

France and Ireland threaten to vote against EU-Mercosur deal 

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has threatened to vote against a trade deal between the EU and South American trade bloc Mercosur unless Brazil, where wildfires continue to devastate the Amazon rainforest, takes its environmental obligations more seriously.
Economy & Jobs 16-08-2019

EU plans to cut steel import quotas after industry protests

The European Commission has proposed boosting measures to protect against a rise in imports spurred by US tariffs after steel companies said the European industry was under threat.
Economy & Jobs 08-08-2019

US, Britain back rapid trade deal post-Brexit

The top US and British diplomats said Wednesday (7 August) they were prepared to move "as soon as possible" on a trade deal after Britain's planned withdrawal from the European Union on 31 October. 
Economy & Jobs 07-08-2019

British ministers in US to ‘fast-track’ post-Brexit trade deal

Britain was seeking to fast-track a crucial post-Brexit trade deal with the United States on Wednesday (7 August) after new Prime Minister Boris Johnson dispatched his top diplomat and foreign trade minister to Washington.
Economy & Jobs 05-08-2019

‘Miracle’ needed for quick EU-Swiss treaty deal, Swiss minister says

It would take a "miracle" for Switzerland and the European Union to clinch a quick deal over a stalled partnership treaty that has disrupted cross-border share trading and strained bilateral ties, Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis said on Sunday (4 August).
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Economy & Jobs 05-08-2019

amfori Supports People, Planet and Prosperity amid Protectionist Threats

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amfori, the leading global business association for open and sustainable trade, launches its first digital annual report (2018-2019).
Economy & Jobs 01-08-2019

Swiss president sees no quick progress in EU treaty row

Swiss President Ueli Maurer played down prospects for quickly ending a standoff with the European Union over a stalled partnership treaty that has disrupted cross-border stock trading and strained ties with Switzerland's main trading partner.
Economy & Jobs 31-07-2019

France sees red over Trump wine tax threat, cheaper vintages seen worst hit

American lovers of fine French wine are likely to keep stocking their cellars and uncorking bottles despite US President Donald Trump's threat to impose a tax in a potential new trade war. But makers of cheaper French vintages are concerned.
Economy & Jobs 26-07-2019

One year after the US-EU joint statement, how are transatlantic trade relations doing?

In July 2018, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker travelled to the US to meet Donald Trump in a bid to ease trade tensions. A year on from the EU-US joint statement, commercial negotiations are at a stalemate.
CETA 26-07-2019

EU, Canada agree first workaround to avoid US block on WTO judges

Canada and the European Union announced a deal on Thursday (25 July) to stop their trade disputes falling into limbo at the World Trade Organization, where a US block on appointments of judges will paralyse the world's top trade court from December.
Economy & Jobs 25-07-2019

Is the EU-Mercosur deal being highjacked by premature criticism?

Almost a month ago, the European Commission signed a free trade agreement with the South American trade alliance Mercosur (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay). Since then, criticism has hailed, and not only from protectionists. EURACTIV Germany reports.
CETA 24-07-2019

Top arbitration lawyer: CETA’s arbitration mechanism reflects international agreements

Louis Degos, an international arbitration lawyer, spoke to EURACTIV France about the French National Assembly's ratification of CETA, the EU-Canada free trade agreement, which, in case of disputes, would resort to the use of often confidential arbitration procedure.
Economy & Jobs 24-07-2019

US-EU trade negotiations in stalemate, Malmström says

Almost a year after the joint US-EU statement, “there is a stalemate” in trade negotiations, Commissioner Cecilia Malmström conceded on Tuesday (23 July) speaking before the European Parliament. The talks on a trade agreement concerning the elimination of tariffs on...

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