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Economy & Jobs 28-11-2018

Cigarette Smuggling Between France And Algeria No Longer Going Unnoticed

France has been the worst hit by illegal tobacco among the countries of the EU, and Algeria is one of its main suppliers. EURACTIV recently discussed the situation with the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF). It stated that France can seek...
Climate change 27-11-2018

The EU’s trade challenge

The international trading system is facing a crisis – but protectionism isn’t the biggest test EU leaders must deal with, writes Perrine Fournier.
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Economy & Jobs 16-11-2018

The EU-Japan trade deal – a no-brainer!

The new EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement will give an economic boost and help European firms access markets that are technology-rich and can pay for innovation. It is an agreement that can help overcome pessimism about trade and global cooperation, and show that countries can work constructively together, writes Fredrik Erixon.
Economy & Jobs 19-10-2018

Putting the EU-South Korea partnership to work

The EU-South Korea summit taking place today (18 October) symbolises the EU's close and multifaceted partnership with South Korea. Yet, Brussels and Seoul should take some practical steps to strengthen their relationship, argue Ramon Pacheco Pardo, Linde Desmaele and Maximilian Ernst.

Human rights, ecology should stand higher than business interests

The Bishops of Latin America are concerned that the EU is more prompt in negotiating new trade deals than ensuring the respect of basic human rights, when violated by companies who have their headquarters in Europe, writes Cardinal Pedro Barreto.

EU-Japan free trade deal threatens the fight for legal timber

While moves towards greater international cooperation are welcome, the EU’s growing number of new free trade deals must be scrutinised. And in the case of the Japan-EU free trade agreement, the deal’s impact on the fight against illegal timber is a pressing concern, writes Perrine Fournier.
Economy & Jobs 16-08-2018

Is it ‘the economy, stupid’ in the EU’s southern neighbourhood?

While trade wars threaten across the Atlantic, enhanced economic cooperation could be the key to stability in the EU’s southern neighbourhood.

EU must ban ivory trade, or risk becoming a pariah

An EU-wide ban on ivory trade is essential if the global trend to close down markets is to succeed in protecting elephants from poachers, argue Mark Jones and Joanna Swabe.
EU-China 16-07-2018

EU leaders head to China and Japan, seeking to restore global trade

After the turmoil of Trump in Brussels, EU leaders are in China and Japan today and tomorrow for two important summits, a sign that Europe is looking to Asia, writes Fraser Cameron.
Agrifood 10-07-2018

Could EU-Indonesia free trade deal end palm oil conundrum?

As a new round of free trade negotiations between the European Union and Indonesia begins in Brussels, Perrine Fournier argues that improving forest governance should be central to any agreement.
Economy & Jobs 10-07-2018

Germany would not be the main victim of Trump’s car tariffs

In May 2018, Donald Trump commissioned the US Department of Commerce to investigate whether car imports constitute a threat to US national security. It would seem so according to figures, but that is no more than an excuse to impose tariffs, writes Dr Clemens Fuest.
Energy 09-07-2018

China and EU can lead on climate action

An upcoming EU-China summit in Beijing will be yet another moment for both economies to show leadership on climate action, following the United States' surrender of influence under Donald Trump, writes Professor Zou Ji.
Economy & Jobs 28-06-2018

When China and the US quarrel, will Europe rejoice?

Now that the US has imposed a first wave of tariffs, Stefen Legge and Priotr Lukaszuk ponder whether the EU has become the standard bearer of multilateralism and free trade or whether it will it ultimately follow America's course of action.
Global Europe 12-06-2018

EU should revive TTIP, retaliation only helps Trump’s re-election

The EU's Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström has made a cardinal error in opting to play US President Donald Trump at his own game and introducing tariffs on American products, argues Giles Merrit.
Economy & Jobs 07-06-2018

Mercosur: Don’t sacrifice our food standards and tropical forests for trade

The trade agreement currently being negotiated by the EU and Morcosur will increase poverty and accelerate the demise of European farmers by subjecting them to unfair competition, argue Perrine Fournier and Yannick Jadot.
Agrifood 07-06-2018

EU should use due diligence in fisheries import

The European Parliament has adopted an initiative report this week about the conformity of fisheries products that have access to the EU market. The EU is the largest market for fish in the world and it may need to be even more vigilant to keep illegally caught fish from arriving in the EU indirectly, writes Linnéa Engström.
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ASEAN 24-05-2018

ASEAN can show the way for Europe on Trade

From Kuala Lumpur, the global trading system currently resembles a high-stakes poker game played by giants – China, the US and the EU. ASEAN as a region feels almost like an outlier, writes Dato’ Lee Yeow Chor.
Health 24-05-2018

The EU is no progressive free trader: It’s exporting chronic diseases to Latin America

If the EU truly wants to be the global progressive trading power, it needs to make sure its trade policy does not promote ill-health, and instead makes a real contribution to the SDGs, writes George Thurley.
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.