French President Emmanuel Macron has succeeded in pushing trade onto the agenda of the EU summit which starts on Thursday (19 October), calling for caution in commercial deals that would bring a surge of beef and other agricultural imports.
The European Union and New Zealand said on Tuesday (10 January) they aim to launch free trade negotiations as soon as possible and to conclude the talks far more quickly than is normal - possibly in two to three years.
EXCLUSIVE / The EU and New Zealand can accelerate negotiations for an FTA if they move beyond the historical sensitivities, which are far from real, and try to implement some of the innovations in the Commission's Trade for All strategy.
As the Trans-Pacific Partnership nears completion, trade pundits in Brussels are urging the EU to turn its attention to Asia, and jump-start trade negotiations with TPP countries, beginning with New Zealand.
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