Trade & Society

Economy & Jobs 23-03-2017

France’s top court questions constitutionality of CETA

The French Constitutional Court has launched a full investigation into the EU-Canada free trade deal CETA. The deal’s opponents call for it to be suspended. EURACTIV France reports.

Global Europe 22-03-2017

Costa Rican diplomat: ‘Window of opportunity can close’ on Latin America-EU relations

The head of the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB) has insisted that an alliance between Latin America and Europe is crucial to achieving "ambitious agendas" like the Paris Agreement and the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Economy & Jobs 21-03-2017

EU, Japan determined to deliver trade deal by end of 2017

The European Union and Japan said on Tuesday (21 March) they intend to complete talks for a free trade agreement with Japan by the end of the year.

G20 20-03-2017

‘Trump First’ triumphs at G20 meeting

G20 finance ministers emerged from a disappointing meeting yesterday (19 March), where no agreement was reached on trade relations after the United States proved to be in no mood to compromise. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Economy & Jobs 20-03-2017

Brazil’s rotten meat scandal strikes ahead of fresh EU trade talks

The European Union has insisted Brazilian representatives attend an emergency meeting today (20 March) to explain themselves regarding a scandal involving rotten meat and the country's two largest exporters. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Economy & Jobs 20-03-2017

Back home after icy Trump meeting, Merkel calls for open markets

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe issued a staunch joint defence of free trade yesterday (19 March), as the United States pushes towards greater protectionism.

Future EU 20-03-2017

Post-Brexit ‘member states will fall in love with each other again’, insists Juncker

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is not worried about other EU countries following the United Kingdom out of the EU because Brexit will show them "it's not worth leaving". He also warned that a trade war is not in the interests of either Brussels or Washington.

Economy & Jobs 18-03-2017

Merkel and Trump clash over refugees in first meeting

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Donald Trump found little common ground on Friday (16 March) on the management of the refugee crisis, but promised to work out compromises to overcome the dispute over the trade relations.

Economy & Jobs 17-03-2017

Merkel to also meet Trump ‘as envoy of Europe’

Donald Trump hosts Germany's Angela Merkel at the White House today (17 March), a meeting delayed by a snowstorm and still clouded by a storm of words between the two ostensible allies.

Economy & Jobs 17-03-2017

Fighting wildlife trafficking must be made a priority

The recent killing of a rhino in a French zoo brought the harsh realities of wildlife crime to our doorstep, yet the EU already lies at the heart of the illegal wildlife trade. Joanna Swabe, Eleonora Panella and Daniel Turner argue that tackling wildlife trafficking must be made a priority issue.

Development Policy 16-03-2017

Parliament adopts binding law on conflict minerals

MEPs today (16 March) adopted a new law obliging importers of minerals to ensure that their business does not contribute to armed conflicts in certain areas of the world. EURACTIV France reports.

Economy & Jobs 15-03-2017

Germany to press G20 to sign off on free trade amid worries about US stance

Germany will press G20 members to sign off on a set of principles including free trade at this week's meeting of the group's financial leaders, in what the Trump Administration may perceive as a challenge to its more protectionist stance.

Development Policy 15-03-2017

The EU must take the lead in linking agricultural trade to the SDGs

Trade in agriculture and agricultural products is back in the political spotlight as the WTO's 2013 Trade Facilitation Agreement, the first multilateral trade agreement of this century, enters into force,, writes Jonathan Peel.

Economy & Jobs 13-03-2017

Three Trump actions that could rattle Europe’s economy

Recent declarations from the White House risk souring the long-standing economic friendship between Europe and the United States, writes Ilaria Maselli.

Economy & Jobs 11-03-2017

China refutes claims of market access reduction for foreign firms

China on Saturday (11 March) tried to downplay concerns it is reducing market access for foreign enterprises, days after a report by an EU group accused Beijing of trying to skew its business playing field towards domestic firms.

ASEAN 10-03-2017

EU-ASEAN trade talks show signs of life

The European Union and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) said today (10 March) the two blocs would try to revive plans for a trade deal, as European countries look to tap the region's strong growth.

Economy & Jobs 10-03-2017

Mercosur trade bloc agrees common position ahead of EU talks

Foreign ministers of the South American Mercosur trading bloc have reached a common position ahead of negotiations with the European Union on a potential trade deal. Brussels representatives will arrive in Argentina to start talks next week. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Global Europe 09-03-2017

Joseph Quinlan on the 2017 Transatlantic Economy

Joseph Quinlan, a senior fellow for Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins, spoke to EURACTIV.com about the 2017 Transatlantic Economy report Thursday (9 March).

Economy & Jobs 09-03-2017

Commission exploring how to protect EU steel market from China

It doesn’t look good for Beijing. Brussels and Washington still refuse to recognise China as a market economy and the Commission has proposed legislation that completely changes the rules for EU trade with third countries. EURACTIV Czech Republic partner Aktuálně.cz reports.

Economy & Jobs 09-03-2017

US wants bilateral solution to German trade surplus woes

The United States wants to resolve its $65 billion trade deficit with Germany at a bilateral level, without EU involvement. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Economy & Jobs 08-03-2017

Is a trade war between the US and the EU on the horizon?

Donald Trump's Republicans are preparing reforms that would significantly affect the rules of trade throughout the world. EURACTIV Czech Republic partner Aktuálně.cz reports.

Agrifood 07-03-2017

Spain’s contribution to global agri-trade

Global trade has its ups and downs and the numbers involved are often difficult to comprehend. EURACTIV's partner EFEAGRO visualises EU agri-trade, with a focus on Spain's contribution, in this infographic.

Economy & Jobs 06-03-2017

Industry involvement in EU tobacco tracking system divides stakeholders

The involvement of the tobacco industry in an EU-wide track and trace system to tackle smuggling has divided relevant stakeholders.

Economy & Jobs 06-03-2017

UK manufacturers enjoy post-Brexit surge in orders

Britain's factories are growing at their fastest pace in more than three years, helped by the fall in the value of the pound after the Brexit vote and a recovery in core markets in Europe, a survey showed on Monday (6 March).