Trade & Society

Economy & Jobs 22-01-2019

Brazil and US push for less regulation and lower taxation in Davos

Less regulation and lower taxation rank at the top of their respective political agendas, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro and US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo successively told participants at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos (Switzerland) on  Tuesday (22 January).
EU-China 22-01-2019

Business leaders dispel doubts about China despite slowdown

China’s lowest growth in three decades was very present in the opening of the Davos forum on Tuesday (22 January), but experts and business leaders were confident about the future of its economy despite its high indebtedness.
Economy & Jobs 22-01-2019

European countries buying more and more American fighter planes

All of Europe finds American fighter planes attractive, with first Slovakia and Romania and soon Bulgaria and Croatia opting to purchase these machines. EURACTIV France reports.The author, Nicolas Gros-Verheyde, is chief editor of Bruxelles2.eu website, dedicated to EU defence policy. 
Economy & Jobs 22-01-2019

PwC chief: ‘I do think that tensions between US and China will continue’

Pessimism is growing among CEOs, noted the latest global survey published on Monday by PwC, a consultancy firm. In an interview with EURACTIV.com, the global chairman of PwC, Bob Moritz, recommended companies and governments to focus on execution in order to truly turn risks into opportunities.
Future of mobility 18-01-2019

Electric bikes still face uphill ride in EU as China tariffs take effect

EU rules are doing a lot to promote the use of electric vehicles but tax reform proposals and motor insurance requirements risk undercutting a growing market for electric bicycles.
Economy & Jobs 18-01-2019

EU gets ready to retaliate if US adopts fresh car tariffs

The European Commission adopted on Friday (18 January) negotiating mandates to eliminate tariffs in all industrial goods, including cars, with the US, but also warned that the preparations to retaliate are “very well advanced” if Washington decides to slap fresh duties on European automobiles.
Cybersecurity 17-01-2019

Germany considers Huawei 5G ban amid global backlash against Chinese tech giant

The German government is considering excluding Huawei from the country's 5G market amid a global backlash against the Chinese telecoms company. The news comes a week after a senior Huawei executive was arrested on espionage charges in Poland.
Economy & Jobs 17-01-2019

World risks sleepwalking into next crisis, Davos report warns

Global risks are intensifying but the will to tackle them collectively is eroding, as forces across the planet call for “taking back control”, the World Economic Forum warned in its latest report published on Wednesday (16 January).
Brexit 15-01-2019

EU-Swiss talks hit impasse, causing Brexit confusion

Talks between Brussels and Berne have been running since 2014 in a bid to formalise the 120 separate accords that have been negotiated between the EU and Switzerland since a 1992 referendum in the Alpine state rejected joining the European Economic Area. But the draft agreement, which was made public in early December, now seems unlikely to become reality.
Global Europe 14-01-2019

Cambodian PM blackmails EU, threatens to exterminate the opposition

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday (14 January) threatened to retaliate against the opposition if the European Union withdraws duty-free trading access over human rights concerns.
EU-China 11-01-2019

EU seeks information as Chinese espionage scandal hits Poland

European Commission will seek information from Poland after national authorities arrested this week a Chinese Huawei employee and a Polish national over espionage allegations.
EU Elections 2019 10-01-2019

France kick-starts ‘grand national debate’ to calm yellow vest protesters

From 15 January to 15 March France will hold what President Emmanuel Macron has termed the "great national debate", a public consultation to discuss the "essential questions" facing the nation after nearly two months of violent so-called yellow vest protests.
Economy & Jobs 09-01-2019

EU to open trade talks on industrial goods with the US

Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström will request a mandate from member states to start trade negotiations on industrial goods with the US, she confirmed on Wednesday (9 January) during her visit to Washington.
Global Europe 09-01-2019

Thailand welcomes EU decision to lift warning on illegal fishing

Thailand on Wednesday (9 January) welcomed a decision by the European Commission to drop the Southeast Asian nation from a list of countries it had warned over illegal and unregulated fishing.
Economy & Jobs 08-01-2019

Malmström visits Washington as potential tariffs on cars overshadow trade talks

EU Commissioner for trade Cecilia Malmström travels to Washington on Tuesday (8 January) for a new round of trade talks with US officials, as potential tariffs on cars hold on European industry’s head.
Economy & Jobs 03-01-2019

Weber: If Trump treats Europe as an enemy, we’ll defend our industry

In case the trade war between Europe and the US intensifies and President Trump treats Europe as an enemy, then the latter will have no choice but to defend its industry, centre-right Spitzenkandidat Manfred Weber said.
Economy & Jobs 02-01-2019

2019 LOOKAHEAD: clouds on the trade horizon

A wave of protectionism and obstacles to free trade hit the global economy in 2018, and threaten economic growth in 2019. Although more disputes are expected, there is some cause for hope too. 
Economy & Jobs 20-12-2018

Enhancing cooperation in trade is key to combat piracy

Almost 10% of clothing and footwear sold in the EU are fakes and the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) defends the need for legally binding instruments to fight piracy when negotiating trade agreements with third countries, writes Christian Archambeau.
Economy & Jobs 19-12-2018

China’s Xi fails to reassure Europeans on trade dispute with US

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s landmark speech on Tuesday (28 December) did not contain any new announcements to de-escalate the country's ongoing trade war with the US, worrying Europeans about the consequences on global commerce.
Economy & Jobs 17-12-2018

EU grants six-month reprieve to Swiss exchanges

The European Commission announced on Monday (17 December) its intention to conclude a new treaty with Switzerland by June and will in the meantime allow Swiss stock exchanges to retain access to the EU market. The decision, which will take...
Economy & Jobs 13-12-2018

MEPs clear EU-Japan trade deal for early 2019 start

After almost five years of negotiations, the European Parliament ratified the EU-Japan trade deal on Wednesday (12 December), sealing the biggest ever trade agreement negotiated by the European Union.   
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Economy & Jobs 06-12-2018

The EU-Japan EPA: A Springboard for a Freer, Fairer and more Open Trading System?

The economic relations between the EU and Japan have been strong for a long time, but are now about to take new steps forward as they have concluded an Economic Partnership Agreement that significantly will reduce barriers to trade.
Global Europe 05-12-2018

Commission to determine EU tariffs on Myanmar, Cambodia rice

EU countries failed on Tuesday (4 December)  to determine whether to impose tariffs on rice coming from Cambodia and Myanmar from the start of next year to curb a surge in imports, leaving the European Commission to take the final decision.
Economy & Jobs 05-12-2018

Commissioners urge for unity in closed-door discussion with top CEOs

Europeans must remain united ahead of the most crucial EU elections in history, high-ranking officials told top CEOs in a closed-door meeting held in Brussels last week, EURACTIV.com has learnt.