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EU-China 16-07-2018

EU leaders head to China and Japan, seeking to restore global trade

After the turmoil of Trump in Brussels, EU leaders are in China and Japan today and tomorrow for two important summits, a sign that Europe is looking to Asia, writes Fraser Cameron.
Economy & Jobs 02-07-2018

EU ready to start trade war if US hits European cars

The EU has threatened the US with countermeasures worth $294 billion if the Trump administration imposes further tariffs on European cars as a result of the ongoing investigation into whether they pose a possible threat to national security.
Economy & Jobs 26-06-2018

Consumers to be collateral damage of EU-US trade dispute

Harley-Davidson announced on Monday (25 June) it would move some production out of the US to avoid EU tariffs and it might not be the last to do so. That has prompted European consumers’ organisations and importers to warn of the negative impact on consumers.
Africa 15-06-2018

MEPs condemn Hungary’s post-Cotonou agreement blockade

Hungary continues to block the European mandate to begin negotiations with African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, to the great displeasure of MEPs. EURACTIV.fr reports.
CETA 14-06-2018

Italy threatens to block CETA ratification

Italy will not ratify the free trade agreement with Canada as it does not sufficiently protect the country's food specialties, Italian Agriculture Minister Gian Marco Centinaio said in an interview on Thursday (14 June).
Economy & Jobs 08-06-2018

Trump threatens more tariffs, heats up G-7 summit in Canada

Tension rose among the richest countries in the world on Friday (8 June) as US President Donald Trump threatened to impose more tariffs on European and Canadian products ahead of a G7 meeting in Canada.
Global Europe 07-06-2018

Macron, Trudeau support ‘strong multilateralism’ ahead of G7 summit

French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed support for "strong multilateralism" in Ottawa Wednesday before the G7 summit, where US President Donald Trump's aggressive trade policies are sure to raise hackles.
Economy & Jobs 01-06-2018

EU to respond to US measures within weeks

The EU's Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström warned at a press conference on Friday (1 June) that "the US is playing a dangerous game" and announced measures the EU will launch in "a matter of weeks" against US trade restrictions on steel and aluminium. But she admitted it was a "very difficult, dangerous situation".
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ASEAN 24-05-2018

ASEAN can show the way for Europe on Trade

From Kuala Lumpur, the global trading system currently resembles a high-stakes poker game played by giants – China, the US and the EU. ASEAN as a region feels almost like an outlier, writes Dato’ Lee Yeow Chor.
Brexit 01-05-2018

Charging into UK-US trade pact would be ‘catastrophic error’, warn MPs

The UK would be making a “catastrophic error” if it charged into talks on a post-Brexit trade deal with the United States without setting out a 'comprehensive strategy' for life after the EU, MPs warned in a new report published on Tuesday (1 May).
Global Europe 26-04-2018

Macron stuns US Congress with strong rebuke of Trumpism

French President Emmanuel Macron urged the United States to embrace multilateralism and warned of the perils of trade war and "extreme nationalism" in an address to Congress on Wednesday (25 April), pushing back against Donald Trump's "America First" agenda.
Central Asia 16-03-2018

Astana hosts little-publicised Central Asia summit

Only a couple of years ago, a summit of the five Central Asia countries would have been absolutely unthinkable. But the leaders came together on Thursday (15 March) and decided to hold such meetings annually, always at the same time of the year, which is a major holiday in the region.
Global Europe 07-03-2018

Trump claims EU has made it ‘almost impossible’ for US firms

President Donald Trump lashed out at European Union trade rules yesterday (6 March), saying the bloc has made life near "impossible" for US firms, and threatening to ramp up tariffs on imports into the US.
Brexit 02-03-2018

British PM to outline post-Brexit trade ties with EU

British Prime Minister Theresa May will detail plans today (2 March) for a new economic relationship with the EU after Brexit, amid heightened tensions with Brussels over the implications for Northern Ireland.
Global Europe 02-03-2018

EU ‘will react firmly’ to US steel, aluminium tariffs

The EU "will react firmly" to defend its interests against steep US trade tariffs on steel and aluminium, the European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said yesterday (1 March).
Development Policy 19-02-2018

Are geopolitics, trade and human rights compatible enemies?

Europe cannot turn a blind eye to the Human Rights abuses occurring in third countries, unless we rewrite the mandates of the functioning of the EU institutions and the Treaty, writes MEP Tomáš  Zdechovský.
Economy & Jobs 16-02-2018

EESC adds pressure on trade partners to respect ILO conventions

The European Economic and Social Committee adopted a resolution on Wednesday (14 February) calling on the EU to step up its efforts to give greater weight to labour and environment chapters in its free trade agreements.
Brexit 06-02-2018

UK watchdog calls for finance pact with EU to avoid Brexit chaos

British and European Union watchdogs could sign a pact to avoid Brexit disrupting trillions of pounds in cross-border financial contracts and undermine market stability, a top UK regulator said yesterday (5 February).
Economy & Jobs 29-01-2018

Trump blasts EU for trading with US ‘very unfairly’

The European Union trades with America "very unfairly", President Donald Trump said in an interview aired Sunday (28 January), warning that his many problems with Brussels "may morph into something very big".
Global Europe 26-01-2018

‘Boring’ Trump delivers America’s sales pitch in Davos

In front of a full room of corporate and political leaders, gathered in Davos on Friday (24 January), US President Donald Trump said he was there to deliver a simple message: America is open for business and we are competitive once again.
Economy & Jobs 14-12-2017

WTO ministerial meeting fizzles out as no deal on trade reached

The World Trade Organisation concluded a ministerial meeting Wednesday (13 December) with nothing significant to boast -- a meager outcome for its first gathering in the Donald Trump era.
Agrifood 11-12-2017

France worries over renationalisation of Common Agricultural Policy

In France, the largest recipient of funding under the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), politicians and farmers’ unions fear the policy's "nationalisation" after 2020. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 08-12-2017

EU, Japan reach finishing line on trade deal

After five years of talks, the EU and Japan have finalised negotiations on a comprehensive trade deal on Friday (8 December), leaving out investment protection for now.
Economy & Jobs 06-12-2017

EU toughens anti-dumping trade powers

The European Union has agreed new powers to apply higher tariffs and more rapidly as part of a wave of measures to face the long-term challenge of cheap imports from China.