Trade & Society

Global Europe 14-11-2018

Trump tweet-strafes Macron as Europe moves on defence without US

Donald Trump on Tuesday (13 November) unleashed an extraordinary attack on Emmanuel Macron, mocking the French president's approval rating and lashing him over European defence proposals which enjoyed a crucial new boost from Germany.
Global Europe 13-11-2018

US belittles EU’s ‘special purpose vehicle’ as companies flee Iran

The United States is not too concerned by Europe's idea for a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to get around US sanctions with Iran as companies are already withdrawing from the country in droves, the senior official for financial intelligence said.
Economy & Jobs 09-11-2018

Chinese market ‘too big to ignore’ despite IP concerns

Foreign companies have encountered problems related to the protection of intellectual property in China but most, if not all, want to continue doing business in the country because of its size and fast pace of growth, EURACTIV.com has learnt from their representatives.
Economy & Jobs 07-11-2018

EU’s troublemakers find comfort in Chinese arms

Cornered by their EU partners, Italy, Hungary and the UK were welcomed with open arms by Chinese President Xi Jinping during his landmark trade event held in Shanghai this week, where around 3,000 companies from more than 130 countries are taking part in the first China International Import Expo (CIIE).
Economy & Jobs 06-11-2018

Commission tells China to deliver on promise to open up its market

EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis told EURACTIV.com that China should deliver on its promise to open up its market, as European companies complain about the difficulties they face in the country.
Economy & Jobs 06-11-2018

EU business lobby dismisses China’s latest opening pledge

The EU business lobby in China has dismissed President Xi Jinping's latest market-opening pledge as a rehash of earlier unkept promises, saying European companies had become "desensitised" to Chinese vows.
Economy & Jobs 05-11-2018

China responds to Trump’s barriers by opening its wallet

Chinese president Xi Jinping promised on Monday (5 November) to continue opening up his nation's economy and to increase imports by fuelling citizens’ spending power, as a response to growing protectionism and unilateralism.
Brexit 05-11-2018

Brexit: Eurotunnel preparing for increased checks in Calais

Every minute counts when it comes to maintaining a fluid flow of traffic at the entrance to the tunnel under the English Channel. In order to prepare for the return of new checks, post-Brexit, the Eurotunnel site in Calais is mounting a race against the clock. EURACTIV France’s media partner, Ouest-France reports.
Economy & Jobs 29-10-2018

Expert: US-China dispute ‘is not a trade but economic war’

The ongoing trade dispute is an instrument of cold economic warfare launched by the US to “contain” China, and it could lead to the fragmentation of the global economic and financial system, warned Alicia García-Herrero, a senior fellow at Bruegel think tank.
Economic governance 26-10-2018

French people barely comforted by positive economic conditions

France tends to develop in the opposite direction to the rest of the eurozone and the economic lights are now on green. However, French morale tells a very different story and the international situation raises concerns among economic forecasters. EURACTIV France reports.  
Global Europe 24-10-2018

Canada hosts EU and other like-minded nations to talk WTO reforms

Canada will host trade officials from the European Union, Japan and others for two-day talks starting Wednesday (24 October) aimed at shaping long-delayed reforms to the global trading system that have sparked tensions among major economies.
Economy & Jobs 24-10-2018

Ecuador to rally banana exporters to fight hard discounter Aldi

Ecuador, the world's largest banana exporter, is urging Latin American producers to fight German hard discounter supermarket chain Aldi's bid to pay one euro less per case in 2019.
Economy & Jobs 19-10-2018

EU-Asia put aside differences to show united front vs Trump

Faced with Donald Trump's unilateralism, leaders of more than 50 European and Asian countries put aside their differences on Friday (19 October) and upheld multilateral cooperation on all fronts during a summit in Brussels. 
Central Asia 19-10-2018

EU spearheads multilateralism at ASEM summit

European leaders sought to build support from Asia on Thursday (18 October) in defence of free trade and the fight against climate change, to counter the growing protectionism of President Donald Trump's America.
Economy & Jobs 18-10-2018

US blames Europe for lack of progress in trade talks, threatens car tariffs

Senior US and EU officials blamed each other on Wednesday (17 October) for a lack of progress in ongoing trade talks, reviving the possibility of fresh tariffs on European cars, said the American representatives.
ASEAN 17-10-2018

EU-Vietnam deal seen as ‘stepping stone’ for agreement with ASEAN, says Commission

The EU's Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström said on Wednesday (17 October) that the "ambitious" trade deal made with Vietnam could “pave the way” for an agreement with the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), despite scepticism on the other side.
Economy & Jobs 17-10-2018

Study finds rising illicit cigarette trade on social media

Social media and delivery services have become new outlets for organised crime activities when it comes to illicit cigarette trade, according to a new study that has raised eyebrows among EU policymakers.
Global Europe 17-10-2018

US sets new trade talks with EU, Japan, Britain

US officials announced Tuesday (16 October) negotiations for separate trade agreements with Britain, the European Union and Japan as part of efforts by President Donald Trump's administration to rebalance global commerce.
Economy & Jobs 12-10-2018

Economic growth: The party’s over, says IMF

The International Monetary Fund has lowered its forecast for economic growth in the global economy as the trade conflict between the USA and China becomes a real threat. But the situation in Europe is not exactly rosy either. EURACTIV Germany’s media partner WirtschaftsWoche reports.

Inclusion of Paris Agreement in CETA at risk

France wants to make compliance with the Paris Agreement on climate a precondition to signing European trade agreements. However, this is an issue where France is struggling to get the other 27 EU members to agree. EURACTIV France reports.
Global Europe 08-10-2018

Cambodia’s Hun Sen defiant despite EU trade threat

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen has taken a defiant stance following a European Union announcement last week that it would ramp up trade pressure on Cambodia over human rights concerns.
Economy & Jobs 05-10-2018

US says it cannot support some of EU’s ideas for WTO reform

The United States gave the first hint on Thursday (4 October) of its view of attempts to reform the World Trade Organization, rejecting some proposals put forward by the European Union to resolve a crisis at the home of world trade in Geneva.
Central Europe 05-10-2018

Hungary, Poland challenge EU’s posted workers reform in court

Hungary and Poland said on Thursday (4 October) they have gone to the European Court of Justice to challenge tighter European Union rules on the employment of workers from low-pay EU states.
Brexit 05-10-2018

Tusk slams UK slurs on EU, urges ‘Canada +++’ Brexit deal

European Council President Donald Tusk sharply criticised what he called "emotional" and "insulting" statements about the EU by British ministers and urged London on Thursday 94 October) to accept an offer of very close post-Brexit ties.