Trade & Society

Global Europe 21-02-2019

Trump threatens tariffs on EU cars if no trade deal reached

US President Donald Trump threatened Wednesday (20 February) to impose tariffs on European auto imports if he is unable to strike a trade deal with the EU.
Economy & Jobs 18-02-2019

Europe warns of ‘swift’ response to potential US car tariffs

The European Commission said on Monday (18 February) that the EU will respond in a “swift and adequate manner” to the possibility that the US may impose tariffs on European cars, following the submission of a US report on whether car imports represent a national security threat.
Economy & Jobs 14-02-2019

Europe strengthens monitoring of foreign investment

The European Parliament approved on Thursday (14 February) the proposal to screen foreign investment at EU level, clearing the path for closer monitoring of third country companies willing to invest in EU’s critical sectors.
Economy & Jobs 13-02-2019

European Parliament endorses free trade agreement with Singapore

The European Parliament approved on Wednesday (13 February) the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (EUSTFA), the bloc's first bilateral trade agreement with a southeast Asian country.
Economy & Jobs 07-02-2019

German 2030 industrial strategy: Altmaier backs ‘European Champions’

German economy minister Peter Altmaier presented his 'industrial strategy 2030' on Tuesday (5 February), talking up the creation of European "champions" just one day before the European Commission decided to reject a proposed merger between rail giants Alstom and Siemens. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Brexit 05-02-2019

UK to ease customs checks on EU goods in event of no-deal Brexit

Most goods arriving from the European Union will be allowed into Britain without full customs checks for at least three months if it leaves the bloc without an exit deal, the British government said on Monday (5 February).
Global Europe 01-02-2019

Trump wants ‘very big’ US-China trade deal, hints at delays

President Donald Trump said on Thursday (31 January) he wanted a "very big deal" US trade deal with China, but signaled there could be delays if negotiations fail to meet his goals of opening the Chinese economy broadly to US industry and agriculture.
Cybersecurity 31-01-2019

EU and US to strengthen cybersecurity cooperation

EU and US authorities have agreed to intensify their cooperation in the field of cybersecurity standards, as Western countries become increasingly concerned about links between Chinese telecom companies such as Huawei with Beijing.
Economy & Jobs 30-01-2019

EU will eliminate industrial tariffs only if US lifts metal duties

The European Commission has made clear to the US administration that the elimination of industrial tariffs will depend on Washington lifting duties it imposed on EU steel and aluminium last summer.
CETA 29-01-2019

EU’s top lawyer blesses CETA’s investment court system

The new system to settle disputes between states and private investors included in the EU-Canada trade agreement is compatible with EU law, the EU Court’s advocate general concluded on Tuesday (29 January), dismissing previous concerns.
Economy & Jobs 28-01-2019

EU to challenge US duties on Spanish olives

The EU will begin legal action at the World Trade Organization (WTO) this week against US duties imposed on Spanish olives, EU trade chief Cecilia Malmström said on Monday (28 January). 
Economy & Jobs 28-01-2019

Davos wrap-up: Watch out for a self-inflicted recession

Decision-makers and business leaders attending Davos forum last week warned of the risk of triggering self-inflicted recession if the growing pessimistic due to the economic slowdown or political instability persist.
Agrifood 28-01-2019

US soy for producing biofuels, an ‘unsustainable’ giveaway to Trump

The Commission is set to offer Washington a way out from current trade tensions with China authorising imports of soybeans from the US to produce biofuels. However, the new imports to help ease trade relations are not helping the environment.
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. 
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.

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