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Development Policy 05-09-2018

China pledges $60 billion to Africa, fends off accusations of setting a debt trap

China is helping Africa develop, not pile up debt, a top Chinese official said on Tuesday (4 September), as the government pushes back against criticism it is loading the continent with an unsustainable burden during a major summit in Beijing.
Economy & Jobs 20-02-2018

EU, Mercosur resume talks on trade deal

Negotiators from Mercosur and the European Union are due to resume talks today (20 February) after edging closer to a historic trade deal during the last round in Brussels.
Economy & Jobs 21-11-2017

What’s your beef? Mercosur trade talks falter

A battle over beef between the European Union and Argentina and Brazil could push trade talks beyond a year-end deadline and lead to further years of delay.
Agrifood 02-11-2017

Britain can become ‘global leader’ in agricultural trade outside EU – study

Adopting a market-oriented agricultural policy after leaving the EU could make Britain a world leader in agricultural trade in the decade to come, according to a briefing published on Thursday (2 November) by leading UK think tank Chatham House.
Agrifood 19-09-2017

Farmers warn against ‘devastating’ impact of Mercosur on EU beef

European farmers’ unions are urging the European Commission not to allow a surge in beef imports from South America’s Mercosur trading bloc, saying it would have a “devastating impact” on rural jobs and EU food standards.
CETA 19-09-2017

Canada to model post-Brexit Britain trade on CETA

Canada agreed on Monday (18 September) to use its new free trade agreement with Europe as a template for a pact with Britain after its largest trading partner within the European Union leaves the bloc.
Agrifood 21-08-2017

How the post-Brexit trade deal will affect British farmers

The UK’s Brexit deal could be a make or break scenario for Britain’s farmers, according to a study published by the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) on Wednesday (16 August).
Economy & Jobs 11-07-2017

Katainen suggests dropping investment from trade deals

The European Union could drop investment from major free trade deals in an effort to ease ratification, Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen said on Monday (10 July) as Brussels is set to begin talks on the issue with Japan.
Global Europe 10-07-2017

EU, Canada agree start of free trade agreement

The European Union and Canada said on Saturday (8 July) they had agreed to start a free trade agreement on 21 September, paving the way for over 90% of the treaty to come into effect.
G20 03-07-2017

Merkel says growth must be inclusive as G20 protests begin

As anti-globalisation activists took to the streets in Hamburg ahead of this week's G20 summit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday (2 July) leaders will have to focus on sustainable and inclusive economic growth rather than their own prosperity.
Brexit 26-06-2017

UK to maintain duty-free access for developing countries after Brexit

The United Kingsom said it will maintain duty-free access to its markets once it has left the European Union for goods from nearly 50 developing countries including Bangladesh, Sierra Leone and Haiti.
Global Europe 21-06-2017

Marshall Plan anniversary sends messages to Trump

A strong European economy is good for the United States, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday (21 June), against a background of tense relations with Washington on trade and other issues.
China 02-06-2017

Germany and China see eye-to-eye on trade

The United States is on a different page when it comes to free trade and climate change. China could move into the void that the Trump administration is rapidly vacating. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 26-05-2017

Rows threaten to derail ‘toughest G7 in years’

G7 leaders met on Friday (26 May) with divisions on trade and climate change, and fresh friction surrounding Donald Trump, threatening to undermine a show of unity against jihadist terrorism.
CETA 26-05-2017

Canada ratification upsets Macron’s promises on CETA

Canada’s ratification of CETA on 17 May opens the door to a provisional application of the free trade agreement in the coming weeks. But it places Emmanuel Macron’s promise to establish an expert committee to evaluate the impact of the deal on shaky ground. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 11-05-2017

EU must adopt a more vigorous defence of free trade

With the United Kingdom exiting the EU, Finland will play a greater role at the EU table in promoting and defending free trade, writes Prime Minister of Finland Juha Sipilä
Economy & Jobs 10-04-2017

‘Good progress’ in EU-Mexico trade talks

The European Union on Friday (7 April) concluded its latest round of trade negotiations with Mexico, focusing on sustainable development, transparency, services and investment. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Brexit 06-04-2017

Understanding Trexit: What Brexit means for Turkey?

Brexit will throw up many challenges for the UK’s trade with Turkey. A long period without a trade deal would be harmful to all sides, writes Onur Bulbul.
CETA 31-03-2017

French attempts to delay CETA brushed aside

A group of French MPs have asked President François Hollande to delay the entry into force of CETA, the EU’s free trade deal with Canada, until France’s top court has passed judgement on its constitutionality. But Hollande is unmoved by their concerns. EURACTIV France reports.
Politics 22-03-2017

Don’t let nationalism threaten economic cooperation on EEC’s 60th anniversary

25 March sees the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome in 1957, which established the European Economic Community (EEC) and set Europe on a path to closer unity. But the rise of populism strikes at the heart of this collaboration writes Michael Collins.
G20 20-03-2017

‘Trump First’ triumphs at G20 meeting

G20 finance ministers emerged from a disappointing meeting yesterday (19 March), where no agreement was reached on trade relations after the United States proved to be in no mood to compromise. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 20-03-2017

Back home after icy Trump meeting, Merkel calls for open markets

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe issued a staunch joint defence of free trade yesterday (19 March), as the United States pushes towards greater protectionism.
Economy & Jobs 15-03-2017

Germany to press G20 to sign off on free trade amid worries about US stance

Germany will press G20 members to sign off on a set of principles including free trade at this week's meeting of the group's financial leaders, in what the Trump Administration may perceive as a challenge to its more protectionist stance.
Trade & Society 15-02-2017

After Parliament approval, final ratification could still put CETA in legal limbo

Most measures outlined in the EU's landmark free trade agreement with Canada are set to go into effect after MEPs approved the deal today (15 February), but fourteen member states can still put the deal to a referendum vote and national parliaments need to rubberstamp it—including feisty legislators in Belgium's regional Walloon Parliament.