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Europe's East 08-07-2019

What is the Eastern Partnership and what it’s not

Georgia intends to continue on its path to EU membership and wants to use all available opportunities and instruments to achieve this self-proclaimed objective, writes David Zalkaliani.
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
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.
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.
Trade & Society 31-10-2016

‘Incomplete and outdated’: Why I reject the EU-Ghana deal

The EU’s trade deal with Ghana may not have made headlines, but it threatens to undermine the Sustainable Development Goals and West African economic integration, writes Jude Kirton-Darling.
Trade & Society 28-10-2016

CETA, Wallonia and sovereignty in Europe

The chaos that followed Wallonia’s refusal to ratify CETA exposed Europe’s inability to reflect on the question of sovereignty and where it really resides, writes Amandine Crespy.
Trade & Society 28-10-2016

The EU must learn from CETA shambles

After Wallonia finally agreed to not block CETA, Greenpeace’s Jorgo Riss argues that to start rebuilding its credibility, the EU must stop CETA because the deal cements the supremacy of trade above social, health and environmental concerns.
Trade & Society 27-10-2016

Wallonia: The real reasons to postpone CETA

As the CETA debate continues, Jacques de Gerlache and Cédric du Monceau ask whether blocking the current deal is Europe’s last chance to avoid a fatal flight forward.
Trade & Society 21-10-2016

Wallonia’s red card for CETA is a chance for the EU to be a beacon to the world

We are at a crossroads for international trade policy. The failure of TTIP and CETA would pave the way for a fairer and more democratic world, argues Paul de Clerck.
Trade & Society 17-10-2016

CETA not the progressive agreement it claims to be

The EU-Canada trade agreement (CETA) will raise international standards while creating jobs, according to its supporters. Both assumptions are wrong: if CETA really was such a progressive agreement, it would have been negotiated in a transparent way and democracy would not have been undermined by preliminary application, argue a number of MEPS.
Trade & Society 15-09-2016

Ignoring data-flows is disastrous for Europe’s economy

The EU must come to the negotiating table on cross-border data flows or risk harming its economy and its reputation as a good place to do business, write Dean Garfield and John Higgins.
Trade & Society 13-09-2016

A plea for science-based standards in TTIP

The EU’s preference for the “precautionary principle” over science-based decision-making is a barrier to transatlantic trade in the meat industry. TTIP and regulatory convergence would benefit both EU and US farmers, argues Barry Carpenter.
Trade & Society 14-07-2016

What does Brexit mean for TTIP?

Far from killing off TTIP, Brexit may provide the boost of political will needed to drag the trade deal over the finish line, and could unleash a wave of economic liberalism across Europe, write Gabriel Siles-Brügge and Ferdi De Ville.
Brexit 01-07-2016

Let the British leave the EU – but do not throw them out

Offended eurocrats should resist the desire to punish the UK during the Brexit negotiations. Britain and the EU will suffer enough as it is, writes Christofer Fjellner.
Trade & Society 17-06-2016

Regulation, then protectionism: Is Europe going the way of its aluminium sector?

The current wave of protectionist sentiment is harming Europe's SMEs and undermining the EU’s competitiveness. It is time for modern trade policy in the EU, wrote Pieter Cleppe.
Trade & Society 28-04-2016

Fear of TTIP, globalisation, or a middle class downgrade?

Beyond the technical questions of regulation and trade barriers, TTIP taps into middle class concerns about the nature of globalisation and demographic change, writes Elvire Fabry.
Trade & Society 11-03-2016

TTIP: The end of the beginning or the beginning of the end?

The anti-TTIP lobby has portrayed the free trade agreement as destructive and dangerous, but in reality it has the power to create markets, jobs and even geopolitical stability, argues Sanford Henry.
Trade & Society 10-03-2016

Latest round of TTIP talks boost momentum

Progress was made in the latest round of TTIP talks, but negotiators have a long way to go if the deal is to be signed before Barack Obama leaves office. Michael McKeon gives a briefing on the latest developments.
Trade & Society 12-02-2016

France and EU trade policy – no longer the ‘non’ sayer

The persistent economic slump and a notable weakening of traditional French corporatism in the country under the onslaught of the digital revolution and the long-term effect of (limited but real) reforms in its various services sectors mean the discourse on trade in France is - finally - becoming more interesting, argues Iana Dreyer.
Future EU 05-02-2016

Hands off Schengen!

Georges Dassis urges European citizens not to surrender the benefits of Schengen.
Trade & Society 18-01-2016

TTIP’s regulatory cooperation has already begun attacking democracy

The origins of EU-US proposals for "regulatory cooperation" show a process dominated by big business right from the start. The ongoing TTIP talks are seeking to enshrine and fortify a dangerous precedent, argue Kenneth Haar and Max Bank.
Trade & Society 15-01-2016

Ignore the fear-mongers and grant China market economy status

Free trade has brought the EU peace, prosperity and advancement. We have nothing to fear from levelling the playing field for China, argues Diego Zuluaga.
Brexit 12-11-2015

British citizens must stand up for the EU

Cameron’s EU renegotiation may be too little too late for the Eurosceptics. The rise of their "Out" campaign threatens the livelihoods and social protection of thousands of UK citizens, writes Jude Kirton-Darling. 
Trade & Society 26-10-2015

EU Trade and Investment: A bumpy road

San Bilal, Clara Brandi and Max Mendez-Parra question whether the Commission’s new trade strategy truly is “for all”, and if it is in line with the global goals of the 2030 Agenda.