Trade & Society

Transport 25-06-2018

EU charting wrong course on LNG in shipping, study warns

EXCLUSIVE / Europe has little to gain from trying to decarbonise the unwieldy shipping sector with liquefied natural gas (LNG), according to a new study that looks into how the EU could cut emissions over the next three decades.
Economy & Jobs 25-06-2018

EU to respond to any US auto tariff move

The European Union will respond to any US move to raise tariffs on cars made in the bloc, a senior European Commission official said, the latest comments in an escalating trade row.
Economy & Jobs 22-06-2018

Trump threatens 20% levy on all European cars

US President Donald Trump threatened on Friday (22 June) to impose a 20% import tariff on all cars manufactured in the EU if recent sanctions the bloc slapped on Washington are not “broken down and removed”, continuing the tit for tat trade war with America's nominal allies.
Global Europe 22-06-2018

Trade war rages as EU slaps ‘political’ tariffs on US

The European Union slapped revenge tariffs on iconic US products including bourbon, jeans and motorcycles on Friday in its opening salvo in a trade war with President Donald Trump.
Economy & Jobs 19-06-2018

EU dilemma on Morocco-Western Sahara conflict remains unsolved

Morocco is the EU’s most stable trading partner in North Africa and a reliable ally in Brussels’ efforts to control African migration across the Mediterranean. But two rulings by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) have revived political tensions in the region and complicated things for the Commission.
Economy & Jobs 19-06-2018

Mercosur plays the field as EU trade talks drag on

Leaders of South American trade bloc Mercosur pushed for trade deals with Asian and other Western Hemisphere countries during a summit on Monday (18 June), as roadblocks remained in talks with the EU despite optimism earlier this year.
Global Europe 15-06-2018

EU backs tariffs against US as trade war escalates

EU countries approved a raft of tariffs on Thursday (14 June) targeting US goods including whiskey and motorcycles in retaliation against painful duties imposed by President Donald Trump on European metals.
CETA 14-06-2018

Italy threatens to block CETA ratification

Italy will not ratify the free trade agreement with Canada as it does not sufficiently protect the country's food specialties, Italian Agriculture Minister Gian Marco Centinaio said in an interview on Thursday (14 June).
Global Europe 11-06-2018

The Brief – Trump’s horror show

The “horror” summit finally happened. But contrary to what European Commission top official Martin Selmayr expected two years ago, Donald Trump was enough to throw decades of Western Alliance down the drain.
Global Europe 11-06-2018

US-Canada dispute escalates after tense G7, Europeans criticise Trump

The United States and Canada swung sharply on Sunday (10 June) toward a diplomatic and trade crisis as top White House advisers lashed out at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a day after US President Trump called him "very dishonest and weak."
Cybersecurity 08-06-2018

Nine countries unite against EU export controls on surveillance software

EXCLUSIVE / An EU proposal to impose export controls on technology products that can be used as spyware is at risk of being delayed as a group of nine countries have pushed back against the overhaul.
Economy & Jobs 08-06-2018

Trump threatens more tariffs, heats up G-7 summit in Canada

Tension rose among the richest countries in the world on Friday (8 June) as US President Donald Trump threatened to impose more tariffs on European and Canadian products ahead of a G7 meeting in Canada.
Economy & Jobs 07-06-2018

EU loses €60 billion annually to counterfeits

According to a study by the EU’s Intellectual Property Office, revenue losses generated by counterfeiting in Europe remain high. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Global Europe 07-06-2018

Macron, Trudeau support ‘strong multilateralism’ ahead of G7 summit

French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed support for "strong multilateralism" in Ottawa Wednesday before the G7 summit, where US President Donald Trump's aggressive trade policies are sure to raise hackles.
Economy & Jobs 06-06-2018

EU tariffs on US goods to take effect in early July

The EU is set to impose €2.8billion worth in tariffs on US exports in early July in response to duties Donald Trump's administration has levied on European steel and aluminium, the European Commission confirmed on Wednesday (6 June).
Economy & Jobs 06-06-2018

Mexico looks to Europe after slapping tariffs on US pork

Mexico will import more pork products from Europe after imposing a 20% tariff on US pork legs and shoulders in retaliation to steel tariffs, Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said on Tuesday.
Economy & Jobs 05-06-2018

EU looks into extending dumping duties on Chinese bicycles

The European Union opened an investigation on Monday into whether to extend anti-dumping duties on Chinese bicycles, after European makers said they feared an influx of Asian imports could destroy their industry.
Economy & Jobs 04-06-2018

EU, Mercosur trade talks resume with renewed optimism

The European Union and South America's Mercosur bloc begin a fresh round of trade talks this week with renewed optimism that negotiators may be nearing an accord after almost two decades of talks.
Economy & Jobs 01-06-2018

EU to respond to US measures within weeks

The EU's Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström warned at a press conference on Friday (1 June) that "the US is playing a dangerous game" and announced measures the EU will launch in "a matter of weeks" against US trade restrictions on steel and aluminium. But she admitted it was a "very difficult, dangerous situation".
EU-China 01-06-2018

EU and China pledge to deepen relationship despite trade tensions

The EU and China said on Friday (1 June) they would expand trade and investment cooperation amid the global trade dispute triggered by US tariffs. But as part of the efforts to address outstanding trade disputes, Europe will present a complaint before the World Trade Organisation against China’s intellectual property practices.
Economy & Jobs 01-06-2018

Macron tells Trump US tariffs are ‘illegal’, says EU will respond firmly

Emmanuel Macron told Donald Trump late Thursday that tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from the European Union were "illegal" and that the EU would respond in a "firm and proportionate manner", the Elysée Palace said.
Economy & Jobs 31-05-2018

Trump starts trade war with allies, Europe to respond ‘within hours’

President Donald Trump announced on Thursday (31 May) that the United States would slap tariffs on steel and aluminium from the EU, Canada and Mexico, prompting Europe to say it would respond with "counterbalancing measures within hours" in what amounts to a trade war with Washington.
Economy & Jobs 31-05-2018

Macron urges WTO ‘reform’ as US metal tariffs expected to hit early

French President Emmanuel Macron called Wednesday (30 May) for talks on overhauling the World Trade Organisation, as European companies braced for the prospect of punishing US tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, which could come as early as Thursday (31 May).
Economy & Jobs 29-05-2018

EU considers tariffs if Trump imposes quotas

EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström told MEPs on Tuesday (29 May) that the EU would activate “immediate" rebalancing measures if US President Donald Trump decides to impose quotas on the EU’s steel and aluminium exports as an alternative to tariffs as of Friday (1 June).