About: international trade

Economy & Jobs 05-07-2017

German export surplus: Less is more

A reduction of Germany's trade surplus is in the long-term self-interest of the country itself, writes Thieß Petersen.
Global Europe 18-01-2016

Another tough year ahead for the EU

If the EU can overcome its many internal problems in 2016, especially the refugee and UK issues, then it will be able to make a greater impact in the external field, writes Fraser Cameron.
Competition 03-04-2015

Make 2015 a year of world trade action

International trade creates wealth and opportunities around the world. But the richest countries must take care to foster, not weaken the poorest, writes Anabel Gonzalez. 
Global Europe 13-03-2014

A practical way forward for EU-ASEAN relations

The European Union fails to fulfill its potential for cooperation with Southeast Asian nations. It should streamline its approach, not constantly waving the democracy card as this jeopardises interregional relations, several members of the Young Initiative on Foreign Affairs and International Relations (IFAIR) write. 
Aart De Geus [Bertelsmann Foundation]
Trade & Society 22-01-2014

Free trade needs balance

The transatlantic trade agreement TTIP, negotiated between the EU and US, could become the nucleus of an agreement on global standards for food safety, environmental protection, data protection and workers’ rights. This could be an ideal opportunity to generate a public debate on these EU values, argues Aart de Geus.
Trade & Society 01-10-2010

America embraces trade discrimination

Multilateral liberalisation would be more effective in reducing trade discrimination than preferential free trade agreements, write Jagdish Bhagwati, professor of economics and law at Columbia University and senior fellow in international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations and Arvind Panagariya, professor of economics and Indian political economy at Columbia University.
Euro & Finance 23-10-2008

Towards another Great Depression?

Despite the parallels often drawn between the Great Depression and the current financial crisis, today's WTO commitments guarantee that protectionist reactions are very unlikely to reach the scale that caused the collapse of international trade in the 1930s, argues Katinka Barysch, deputy director of the Centre for European Reform (CER).
Trade & Society 11-01-2008

EU-Africa economic partnership agreements: opportunity or car crash?

If the EU's trade policy is to fulfil its potential as a "powerful instrument for African development", its system of economic partnership agreements (EPAs) needs a rethink, argue Kalypso Nicolaïdis and Paul Collier for Open Democracy.
Trade & Society 27-11-2007

The challenges to China’s growth

Improvements in governance and environmental protection are among the most serious challenges to achieving sustainable development in China, writes Wing Thye Woo for the Center for Social and Economic Research in Warsaw.
Global Europe 12-11-2007

Development policy: coordination, conditionality and coherence

Published in Bruegel's collection of essays  Fragmented Power: Europe and the Global Economy , Arne Bigsten's contribution assesses the EU's development policy, and states that "it is in Europe's interest to have functioning and flourishing states in the developing world", to increase trade and growth and reduce terrorism.

Trade policy: time for a rethink?

Published in Bruegel's collection of essays Fragmented Power: Europe and the Global Economy , Simon J. Evenett's contribution assesses the role and importance of the EU in international trade negotiations, and claims that "a fundamental rethink of the ends and means of European trade policy is in order".
Trade & Society 14-09-2007

Implications of WTO decision on Brazil’s tyres ban

A recent decision by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in a case concerning imports of re-treaded tyres in Brazil can "become a milestone in WTO jurisprudence on trade and the environment", according to Julia Qin of the American Society of International Law (ASIL).
Future EU 15-06-2007

Portuguese Presidency turns EU eyes south

Portugal is aiming to turn Europe’s focus to the south over the course of its EU presidency, claims Robin Pedler of Oxford University – with the creation of a 'Mediterranean Union' one possible outcome.

Assessing EU trade policy in goods

Multilateral liberalisation of trade should be the centre of European trade strategy, argues Patrick Messerlin – professor of economics, Sciences Po - in a new paper for the European Centre for International Political Economy. The recent shift in European trade policy to negotiate bilateral agreements is taking Europe into dangerous waters, he believes.
Trade & Society 24-05-2007

‘Regulatory co-operation between the US and Europe’

As part of Bertelsmann Stiftung's 'Transatlantic Thinkers' series, David Vogel – Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley – examines the current political efforts for less regulation in transatlantic trade, which was the main focus of the latest EU-US summit.   
Trade & Society 02-12-2005

From Bound Duties to Actual Protection: Industrial Liberalisation in the Doha Round

This is a working paper from Mohamed Hedi Bchir, Lionel Fontagné and Sébastien Jean of Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS).  In the run up to the Doha trade negotiations, this study, published in November 2005, looks at different methods which could be used in liberalising trade markets and analyses the probable effects of each.

Integrating CSR in international trade

Integrating CSR in international trade The rapid globalisation of trade is having an increasing impact on people and the environment. Businesses are finding themselves at the centre of the ensuing debate. It is here that CSR is emerging as a...