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Central Asia 04-07-2019

The EU is a natural partner for Central Asia

In our highly interconnected world of today, Europe and Central Asia have never been so close, and neither have the potential benefits of working even more closely together been so evident, write Federica Mogherini and Neven Mimica.
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.
Brexit 23-03-2018

The unbearable lightness of Brexit delusions

This week’s developments might cheer those who want to see the UK leave the EU. But they are a rude awakening for those who argued leaving the EU had no costs and a sad reminder that leaving the EU will be an act of self-harm, writes Petros Fassoulas.
Economy & Jobs 09-03-2018

Trump is no ally on trade for post-Brexit Britain

If there were any faint hopes that the deep cultural and commercial ties between the UK and the US would secure a sweetheart free trade deal for the smaller UK, they are now surely dashed, writes Noah Gordon.
Economy & Jobs 06-03-2018

Trump’s steel tariffs: How to avoid a trade war

Europe should avoid over-reacting to US announcements on aluminium and steel tariffs, writes Christofer Fjellner.
Economy & Jobs 15-12-2017

Mercosur free trade deal could fail yet again

The risk that the EU-Mercosur trade talks get derailed yet again is high, writes Iana Dreyer, spelling out the warning signs.
Economy & Jobs 17-11-2017

Fighting the Trump trade threat: The EU must go through Congress

The Trump administration's actions on trade so far reflect a mixture of traditional, assertive American approaches and more troubling new ideas that could have serious consequences, writes Noah Gordon, warning that Europe has a lot to lose in a steel trade war against the US.
Development Policy 15-03-2017

The EU must take the lead in linking agricultural trade to the SDGs

Trade in agriculture and agricultural products is back in the political spotlight as the WTO's 2013 Trade Facilitation Agreement, the first multilateral trade agreement of this century, enters into force,, writes Jonathan Peel.
Economy & Jobs 03-03-2017

Trump’s disruptive approach to trade

A shift in US trade policy that follows the outline presented on Wednesday (1 March) to Congress would upend the foundations of global trade as it is currently conducted, Stratfor experts write.
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.
Brexit 11-10-2016

Hard Brexiteers are making a colossal miscalculation

Hard Brexiteers seem to believe that it will be up to the EU to agree to tariff-free trade “because it is in their interests”, but they are making a colossal miscalculation, writes Michael Emerson.
Brexit 10-10-2016

British brexiteers call the shots

Theresa May is giving in to pressure from militant “Leavers” in her party, writes Sir Michael Leigh.
Brexit 07-10-2016

EU should scrap ‘no negotiation without notification’ rhetoric

Theresa May has set a date for triggering Article 50, but the EU should now scrap its policy of no negotiation before notification because of the complexity and herculean nature of the task ahead, argues Mikkel Barslund.
Brexit 29-09-2016

Brexit: First and foremost a WTO issue

Brexit will have far-reaching ramifications for global trade. The WTO needs to step in and analyse how different kinds of trade agreements will be affected and how to avoid unnecessary damage, writes Daniel Guéguen.
Trade & Society 23-09-2016

Don’t be fooled by CETA: It’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing

In his State of the Union speech, Jean-Claude Juncker called the Canada-EU trade agreement the most progressive trade agreement the EU has ever negotiated. It actually poses a genuine threat to the health sector, argues Emma Woodford.
Trade & Society 29-06-2016

Walking the same path: Free and fair trade for Europe and aluminium

International trade can only be free and fair if global competitors adhere to the same market rules and environmental, social and health standards. If international trade is not free or fair, Europe’s SMEs – and indeed its entire manufacturing industry – suffer, writes Gerd Götz.
Brexit 01-06-2016

Don’t look to Norway, Brexiteers!

Many Brexit-proponents, including Richard Tice, the co-chairman of the Leave.eu campaign, have pointed to Norway's success as an example for Britain to leave the EU. But its fortunes have not come because of it remaining outside the EU, writes Paal Frisvold.
Agrifood 22-02-2016

Competitors benefit from the freezing of EU-Russia trade relations

Everybody understands that Russia will not beg the EU to abandon sanctions, but the longer the sanctions persist, the more Russia will develop its import substitution, writes Vladimir Chizhov.

TTIP vs. WTO: Who sets global standards?

The EU and the US need to be aware that going it alone with TTIP comes at a high price: the initiative incentivises the formation of economic blocs, rather than the much vaunted shaping of globalisation, write Clara Weinhardt and Fabian Bohnenberger.

‘3.5 million lost jobs’ is red herring in China’s market economy status bid

During the last couple of weeks, the discussion about whether or not to grant China market mconomy status (MES) has intensified. Political, legal and technical arguments, are coming in from left to right, writes Christofer Fjellner.
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.
Trade & Society 11-05-2015

New Commission proposal is good for seal protection

The EU must uphold its ban on seal products and not bow to hunting lobbies, writes David Martin.
Competition 07-05-2015

Seven questions and three recommendations about TTIP

TTIP is currently “too big to fly”. Pierre Defraigne offered his vision for the future of TTIP in a speech to the European Business summit.

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