Trade & Society

Economy & Jobs 16-02-2018

EESC adds pressure on trade partners to respect ILO conventions

The European Economic and Social Committee adopted a resolution on Wednesday (14 February) calling on the EU to step up its efforts to give greater weight to labour and environment chapters in its free trade agreements.
Economy & Jobs 14-02-2018

China, the unbeloved trade partner

Will Europe pick a quarrel with China? Brussels does not want to quit the field uncontested when it comes to the fact that the People's Republic infiltrates the European economy for self-serving reasons and wants to set the tone also in political terms, writes Wolf Achim Wiegand.
Economy & Jobs 06-02-2018

Forcing another free trade deal could result in a more divided Europe

As trade officials desperately try to move the long-delayed EU-Mercosur agreement forward this week, we must stop and consider that this deal is likely to go far beyond the balance of trade, and increase economic, social and political divisions within both continents, writes Helmut Scholz.
Economy & Jobs 02-02-2018

EU takes over in fight against blood diamonds

The fight against conflict diamonds has slowed down since the creation of the Kimberley process in 2002. However, with the EU at its head in 2018, the subject of corporate responsibility could come up in talks.
Agrifood 02-02-2018

Prospect of higher Mercosur meat quotas angers French farmers

Meat imports were a significant obstacle in brokering the EU's trade deal with Canada. Now, the same issue has cropped up in the ongoing Mercosur talks, infuriating French livestock farmers and politicians. EURACTIV France reports.

Swiss see no quick deal on new EU treaty

Switzerland will not meet the European Commission's deadline for a deal in the early part of this year on a new treaty that would bind the neutral country more closely to its biggest trading partner, new Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis said.
Economy & Jobs 29-01-2018

Trump blasts EU for trading with US ‘very unfairly’

The European Union trades with America "very unfairly", President Donald Trump said in an interview aired Sunday (28 January), warning that his many problems with Brussels "may morph into something very big".
Global Europe 26-01-2018

‘Boring’ Trump delivers America’s sales pitch in Davos

In front of a full room of corporate and political leaders, gathered in Davos on Friday (24 January), US President Donald Trump said he was there to deliver a simple message: America is open for business and we are competitive once again.
Agrifood 25-01-2018

Farmers renew calls for protection in Mercosur negotiations

European farmers have written to the European Commission to “reject any concessions” on the agricultural chapters of the EU’s free trade negotiations with South American trading bloc Mercosur, which they say would expose farmers to unfair competition.
Economy & Jobs 24-01-2018

PwC boss: Businesses ‘sceptical’ about Merkel-Macron EU reform push

Europe will be high on the agenda of the World Economic Forum on Wednesday (24 January), as French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel take the stage in Davos. But there is “a lot of scepticism” about what the two leaders can do to push forward EU integration, PwC’s chief Bob Moritz told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Economy & Jobs 24-01-2018

Trump angers European solar installers with solar panel tariff

US President Donald Trump signed into law a steep tariff on imported solar panels on Tuesday, a move billed as a way to protect American jobs but which the solar industry said would lead to thousands of layoffs and raise consumer prices.
Global Europe 23-01-2018

Indian PM launches charm offensive in Davos

After last year’s push from China to champion itself as the saviour of globalisation and lure international investors, this year it was the turn of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to slam protectionism and showcase a 'new India' to global chief executives gathered in Davos.