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Global Europe 01-10-2019

Unsuitable mandates, wrong candidates: A difficult start for von der Leyen

Ursula von der Leyen still has a chance to chart a path to a fairer, greener, inclusive and prosperous Europe. But what values will she really uphold, asks a group of more than 20 signatories, including ActionAid, Climate Action Network, European Network against Racism, Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace.
Traditional Dutch cheese [Ali Eminov/Flickr]
CETA 19-06-2017

CETA start hits snag over cheese quota dispute with Canada

The EU's pending trade deal with Canada has hit an unexpected snag over quotas for cheese imported from Europe and EU officials said on Thursday (15 June) they were "hopeful" the two sides could overcome the differences and allow the deal to take effect.
China 21-02-2012

Cameron spearheads liberal agenda for growth

British Prime Minister David Cameron and leaders of 11 other EU countries have called on the Union's institutions to stick to a liberal agenda for growth, bolder economic integration with the USA and deepening trade and investment relations with Russia, China and other strategic partners.
Agrifood 26-11-2009

World set for new food crisis in 2010, UN warns

Inaction to halt speculation on agricultural commodities and continued biofuels policies is paving the way for a re-run of the 2008 food price crisis in 2010 or 2011, argues Olivier De Schutter, the UN's special rapporteur on the right to food, in an interview with EURACTIV.
Agrifood 26-11-2009

UN envoy: World set for new food crisis in 2010

Inaction to halt speculation on agricultural commodities and continued biofuels policies is paving the way for a re-run of the 2008 food price crisis in 2010 or 2011, argues Olivier De Schutter, UN special rapporteur on the right to food, in an interview with EURACTIV.
Trade & Society 18-09-2008

Conceptualising approaches to trade in health care

"Great benefits can be made by opening health sectors to trade and investment integration, but very few countries have undertaken such reforms," write Lucy Davis and Fredrik Erixon in a policy brief for the European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE).
Trade & Society 30-07-2008

World trade talks failure: The endgame?

For the third year running, global trade negotiations came to a disappointing end yesterday (29 July) as countries refused to compromise on opening up their national markets for agricultural goods. The talks in Geneva were considered a "last chance" for a deal before the US Presidential elections in November and are unlikely to be reopened before January next year at the very earliest.
Trade & Society 28-07-2008

Banana deal raises chances for WTO breakthrough

A week of intense discussions in Geneva has brought World Trade Organisation countries closer to a global trade pact. But disputes between the world's emerging economies threaten to scupper chances of achieving a deal this week.
Trade & Society 22-07-2008

EU offer to slash farm duties dismissed as ‘propaganda’

An attempt by the EU's trade chief to impress his counterparts at global trade negotiations in Geneva with a pledge to cut the bloc's agricultural tariffs by as much as 60% fell flat as both France and Brazil denied the proposals were anything new.
Trade & Society 19-05-2008

Biofuels, food and trade top EU-Latin America Summit

European and Latin American leaders pledged to deepen trade ties between their two regions and tackle global warming and poverty at the fifth EU-Latin America-Caribbean Summit in Lima.
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 10-12-2007

EU-Africa summit fails on trade

A major meeting of European and African leaders, aimed at boosting relations between the two continents as China tightens its grip on the former European colonies' economies, was overshadowed by Africa's refusal to sign up to comprehensive trade liberalisation agreements.
Trade & Society 04-12-2007

EU, US eye WTO free trade pact for climate-friendly goods

As world leaders meet in Bali to outline a new global climate regime, the EU and the US have launched a joint push for an international deal on eliminating tariffs on green technologies in the hope of opening up new market opportunities for business.
Trade & Society 29-11-2007

Free trade within EU to receive fresh boost

The free movement of goods across borders, one of the pillars of European integration, is set to receive a renewed boost after a Parliament committee backed a legislative package to improve the "mutual recognition" of products which are not standardised at EU level.
Public Affairs 03-09-2007

New Brussels think-tank aims to ‘encourage EU to liberalise’

Pro-liberalisation think-tank the Globalisation Institute has launched a Brussels centre of operations. According to Alex Singleton, founder and president, it aims "to research, develop and promote practical policy options that increase competitiveness and replace harmful regulation". 
Trade & Society 19-07-2007

EU gives cautious welcome to draft compromise in WTO trade talks

World Trade Organisation mediators have tabled a compromise package on possible tariff and subsidy cuts in an attempt to salvage the troubled Doha Round - aimed at freeing up global trade.
Trade & Society 27-06-2007

Benefits of trade liberalisation measures on automobile industry

Trade liberalising measures have played a major role in the development of transnational production network in both Europe and Asia, claims Dr Heribert Dieter from the Notre Europe think-tank.
Trade & Society 18-06-2007

Trade powers in ‘last-chance attempt’ to clinch Doha deal

Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson will meet with his counterparts from the US, India and China this week in what are being termed "definitive" discussions on freeing up global trade.
Trade & Society 01-06-2007

EU and US meet to revive WTO trade talks

Top trade officials from the European Union and the United States will meet today in a fresh effort to drive forward stalled talks on a global trade deal.
Trade & Society 30-05-2007

Pros and cons of reviving Doha [Archived]

After a six-month total break-down in WTO negotiations on freeing up global trade, world leaders agreed, in January 2007, to revive the talks, but hopes to clinch a deal ahead of crucial US elections - are waning as hardliners refuse to soften their stance. Some fear talks may collapse completely if a breakthrough is not achieved by then.
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 08-05-2007

EU and South Korea to free-up trade flows

The EU and South Korea have formally initiated negotiations on a bilateral pact that could give a €20 billion boost to their trade relations, one month after the Asian country signed a similar deal with Europe's largest trade rival, the US.
Trade & Society 02-05-2007

EU-US economic relations: From free trade to deep integration

Just as EU and US leaders have agreed to a new transatlantic economic partnership, Barbara Böttcher and Klaus Deutsch of Deutsche Bank provide recommendations on how the two economic giants can deepen economic co-operation.  
Trade & Society 19-04-2007

EU to set up trade-barrier watchdogs

The European Commission is planning tougher action to prise open new markets for its companies in China, India and Russia, saying countries that fail to remove trade barriers will face further legal battles.