Trade & Society

Global Europe 11-05-2018

Europe should stand its ground after US Iran-deal pull out

The decision taken by US president Donald Trump to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal should propel Europeans to stand their ground and mark the beginning of a more independent role for Europe in the world, argues Cornelius Adebahr.
Agrifood 02-05-2018

EU unable to contain explosion in unsustainable biodiesel imports

Imports of Argentine soy biodiesel, which are among the most unsustainable of biofuels, have exploded in recent months because the EU lost a trade case at the WTO, writes Kristina Wittkopp.
Global Europe 24-04-2018

The EU had a great plan for Jordan – now it’s time to make it work

In order to help Syrian refugees, the EU must improve its deal with Jordan and deliver on its promise to boost Jordanian exports and refugee hiring, write Gideon Maltz & Cindy Huang.
Brexit 19-04-2018

A Pandora’s Box of headwinds for the UK’s global ambitions after Brexit

Despite the bombing of chemical weapon sites in Syria, along with France and the US, and the recent show of support from Western allies in the Skripal affair, Britain’s international clout will inexorably erode after Brexit, writes Pierre-Alain Coffinier.
Brexit 10-04-2018

The bigger EU problems hidden by Brexit

Brexit's focus on minutiae is an unnecessary distraction from the more pressing challenges Europe must meet. Unity is crucial to Europe's security and well-being, writes Giles Merritt.
Economy & Jobs 09-04-2018

Tariffs or no tariffs, the pickup in global trade won’t last

Slow trade growth will be the dominant feature of the world economy in the coming decade, not because of the latest tariffs, but because of a slowdown in three longer-term trends, write Ilaria Maselli and Ataman Ozyildirim.
Economy & Jobs 28-03-2018

China in Greenland: A call for deeper EU political engagement

Without a deeper political agenda, the EU might rapidly lose ground in Greenland to the benefit of China, write André Gattolin and Damien Degeorges.
Economy & Jobs 27-03-2018

How to save the transatlantic alliance

To save the transatlantic alliance, it is essential for the EU to deal with its internal problems in order to become a more reliable and credible partner for the US in the future, writes Fraser Cameron.
Economy & Jobs 20-03-2018

As Trump plays with fire, EU should lead on global trade

As America retreats after Trump's plans to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, the world is moving on. Now is the time for the EU to take the lead in maintaining the global trade system, writes Shada Islam.
Economy & Jobs 15-03-2018

China and Europe can work together on the Belt and Road Initiative

The Belt and Road Initiative is brand new and therefore enjoys huge potential. Yet, it will only be brought to full potential when all players come to realise its importance and take part in it, writes Zhang Ming.
Brexit 14-03-2018

Duff: post-Brexit association agreement one step closer

The resolution on Brexit voted with a large majority in the European Parliament today (March 14) sketches the outlines of a new EU-UK association agreement and brings us one step closer towards a dynamic post-Brexit relationship, writes Andrew Duff.
Economy & Jobs 09-03-2018

Trump is no ally on trade for post-Brexit Britain

If there were any faint hopes that the deep cultural and commercial ties between the UK and the US would secure a sweetheart free trade deal for the smaller UK, they are now surely dashed, writes Noah Gordon.
Economy & Jobs 06-03-2018

Trump’s steel tariffs: How to avoid a trade war

Europe should avoid over-reacting to US announcements on aluminium and steel tariffs, writes Christofer Fjellner.
Economy & Jobs 06-03-2018

Don’t you forget about me: US is still Europe’s most important trade partner

The United States is still Europe's most important trade partner. Europe should regulate trade with the transatlantic relationship in mind despite US disengagement, writes Heidi Obermeyer.
Brexit 01-03-2018

Tony Blair is right on immigration but did nothing to control freedom of movement

After Brexit, the rest of Europe will control freedom of movement sensibly without discriminating on grounds of nationality, adhering to the principle that has been in all European treaties since 1950, writes Denis MacShane.
Economy & Jobs 01-03-2018

Let’s talk about the losers of protectionism

European politicians have a big role to play in communicating why globalisation matters. We need politicians that are brave enough to talk about the losers of protectionism, not just the losers of globalisation, writes Carola Lemne.
Climate change 28-02-2018

Trade and climate: How the EU can protect the Paris Agreement

It is possible to effectively integrate the Paris Agreement into new trade deals, including CETA and the upcoming JEFTA with Japan. But it requires a bit more creativity than the recent political declarations, write Mathilde Dupré and Samuel Leré.
Economy & Jobs 27-02-2018

Wildlife trafficking is crippling the planet

We are currently in the midst of the sixth mass extinction. We are losing plants and animals at an alarming rate and humans are to blame. One of the most serious threats to biodiversity loss is wildlife trafficking, writes MEP Catherine Bearder.
Economy & Jobs 22-02-2018

ECJ isn’t the right actor to make political choices related to trade deals

Trade deals should focus on opening up trade and should not be overloaded with all kinds of other purposes. And when politics does sneak into trade deals, it should be left to the elected politicians and not to judges, writes Pieter Cleppe.
Development Policy 19-02-2018

Are geopolitics, trade and human rights compatible enemies?

Europe cannot turn a blind eye to the Human Rights abuses occurring in third countries, unless we rewrite the mandates of the functioning of the EU institutions and the Treaty, writes MEP Tomáš  Zdechovský.
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.
China 09-01-2018

Macron’s Beijing visit comes at complex time in EU-China relations

On 8 January, French President Macron visited China for the first time, seeking closer relations between China and Europe. Some believe it is meant to reposition France as Beijing’s pivot in Europe after Brexit. But the visit comes at a complex time of growing concerns vis-à-vis China’s influence on the continent, warns Harry Nedelcu.
Global Europe 08-01-2018

#EU2018: Can the EU and US still work together?

Despite the well-known differences on trade, climate change and Iran, a closer examination of the EU-US strategy reveals a number of shared priorities for 2018, writes Fraser Cameron.