129 results about EUROPEAN UNION (EU)


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EU's Malmstrom sees Mercosur trade deal by early 2018

December 12, 2017

Trade talks between the European Union and South America’s Mercosur bloc are closing on a deal which could come early in the new year, European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom told repor... READ MORE

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U.K. Wants ‘Virtually Identical’ Trade Deal With EU After Brexit

December 11, 2017

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said the U.K. would like a trading relationship with the European Union after it leaves the bloc that’s “virtually identical” to t... READ MORE

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EU, Japan conclude world's largest free trade agreement

December 8, 2017

The European Union and Japan concluded negotiations on a free trade deal to create the world’s largest open economic area, signaling their rejection of the more protectionist stance of U.S. P... READ MORE

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EU, Chile Launch Talks to Modernise Trade Deal

November 22, 2017

The EU and Chile have formally kicked off negotiations to modernise their existing Association Agreement, including its trade component, holding their first round of talks last week in Brussels, Be... READ MORE

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EU Trade Ministers Prepare for MC11, Review FTA Negotiating Progress

November 16, 2017

Trade negotiations in the WTO context and with major partners were high on the agenda as European trade ministers met within the EU Foreign Affairs Council last week in Brussels, Belgium. The 10 No... READ MORE

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France Approves Action Plan for CETA

November 2, 2017

The French government gave the green light to an “action plan” last week for the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), following a domestic review of the trade ac... READ MORE

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EU, Mercosur Trade Talks in Decisive Stage Amid Push for Deal

October 19, 2017

Negotiations between the 28-nation EU and the South American customs bloc Mercosur are entering a key stage, as officials debate sensitive issues such as market access concessions ahead of a Decemb... READ MORE

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European Union, South Africa Review EU-SADC Economic Partnership Agreement

October 19, 2017

One year after enacting the EU-South African Development Community (SADC) Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), officials from the EU and South Africa gathered in Johannesburg to review its progres... READ MORE

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EU, India Leaders Call for "Timely Relaunch" of Trade Talks

October 12, 2017

Leaders from the EU and India are pushing to see the “timely relaunch” of their long-running trade talks, reaffirming their continued interest in advancing the negotiations following a... READ MORE

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EU Commission: Indonesia Trade Talks Advance to Text-Based Phase

October 5, 2017

Talks between the EU and Indonesia for a free trade accord have advanced to “text-based” negotiations in the majority of areas under consideration, according to a report published by th... READ MORE

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Canada, UK PMs Look to CETA as Starting Point for Future Trade Deal

September 21, 2017

On Monday 18 September, UK Prime Minister Theresa May visited Canada to discuss the terms of the trading relationship between the nations post-Brexit, announcing after that the two sides plan to us... READ MORE

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EU-Canada Trade Deal Begins Provisional Application

September 21, 2017

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Europe and Canada is set to start its provisional application on Thursday 21 September, slashing duties on over 98 percent of tariff li... READ MORE

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US Trade Rep Outlines Expectations for NAFTA, WTO, EU Ties

September 21, 2017

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told a Washington audience this week that trade watchers should “expect change, expect new approaches, and expect action” in the current Trump... READ MORE

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EU, Japan seal free trade in signal to Trump

July 6, 2017

Japan and the European Union agreed a free trade pact on Thursday to create the world's biggest open economic area and signal resistance to what they see as U.S. President Donald Trump's protectionist... READ MORE

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EU, Japan Trade Negotiators Ramp Up Efforts to Conclude "Political Agreement"

June 29, 2017

Negotiators from the EU and Japan are ramping up their work to clinch a bilateral trade agreement, with reports suggesting that the two sides are tentatively hoping to have a political deal in plac... READ MORE

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Germany’s Merkel vows not to give up on US free trade deal

June 20, 2017

Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed Tuesday to seek a broad agreement on trade at next month’s Group of 20 summit and told German business leaders that she won’t give up on a free-trade deal between Europe... READ MORE

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The art of the free trade agreement

June 7, 2017

During their recent meeting in Germany, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed on the need to resume India-European Union (EU) free trade agreement (FTA) talks. These... READ MORE

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Hopes of EU-US trade agreement put on ice, say Brussels sources

June 5, 2017

The prospect of a revived EU-US trade deal is in “deep freeze”, according to Brussels sources, undermining reports that the EU has been inching ahead of the UK in the race for an arrangement with Wash... READ MORE

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Indian, German Leaders Renew Push for Deeper EU-India Trade Ties

June 1, 2017

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel met in Berlin this week, calling for renewed efforts towards boosting trade ties between New Delhi and the European Union. &l... READ MORE

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US, EU Officials to Examine Next Steps for Trade Ties

June 1, 2017

The US and the EU are planning to develop a “joint action plan” on trade, reports suggest, after leaders met in Brussels, Belgium, late last week. US President Donald Trump met with Eur... READ MORE

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Canadian Senate Approves CETA Implementation Bill

May 18, 2017

The Canadian Senate approved legislation last week for implementing the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union. The move is one of the final stages... READ MORE

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Malmström: EU, Mexico "Committed" to 2017 Trade Deal

May 11, 2017

The European Union and Mexico are “committed” to finishing talks to revamp their decades-old trade agreement this year, according to the EU’s top trade official. EU Trade Commissi... READ MORE

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US Officials Eye Next Steps on Trade with Europe, Japan, NAFTA Partners

April 27, 2017

The past weeks have seen a flurry of trade activity in Washington and beyond, including a trip by US Vice President Mike Pence to Asia; meetings between top American and European trade officials; a... READ MORE

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Macri confident a Mercosur/European Union trade accord can be expected in the second half of 2017

April 19, 2017

Argentine president Mauricio Macri is convinced that in the second half of the year Mercosur will sign the long awaited trade agreement with the European Union and will establish closer links with the... READ MORE

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EU Trade Talks with Mexico, Japan Continue, Aiming for Deals in Near-Term

April 13, 2017

Negotiations for both an EU-Mexico trade deal upgrade and a new EU-Japan trade agreement continued last week, with officials in both contexts suggesting that these efforts are progressing steadily.... READ MORE

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The two-year countdown to Brexit has begun

April 1, 2017

Back in October Theresa May promised to invoke Article 50, the legal procedure for leaving the European Union, by the end of March 2017. On March 29th the prime minister duly sent a six-page letter to... READ MORE

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Brexit: EU says no to free trade talks until 'progress' on final terms

March 31, 2017

Donald Tusk rules out parallel talks – a key aim of Theresa May’s government – as he unveils draft EU negotiating guidelines. EU leaders have said there will be no talks on Britain’s future relationsh... READ MORE

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EU, Mercosur Negotiators Report Progress, Schedule Future Meetings

March 30, 2017

Negotiators meeting to advance a planned EU-Mercosur Association Agreement, including a free trade deal, finished their 27th round of talks last Friday in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In a joint commun... READ MORE

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EU, ASEAN Ministers Agree to Consider Trade Talks Reboot

March 16, 2017

The EU and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are preparing to examine the prospect of re-launching talks for a region-to-region trade accord, nearly eight years after the original... READ MORE

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EU's Malmström Pushes for Deeper Trade Ties in Asia-Pacific Region

March 9, 2017

Boosting economic ties with the Asia-Pacific region is one of the main items on the EU trade docket this week, as the bloc’s top trade official travels to Singapore and the Philippines for ta... READ MORE

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EU-Canada Trade Agreement Wins European Parliament Green Light

February 15, 2017

The European Parliament approved a landmark free-trade agreement with Canada, shoring up Europe’s market-opening clout in the face of a populist surge across the continent and U.S. President Donald Tr... READ MORE

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Unrealistic to see UK/EU trade deal in two years: EU representative

February 10, 2017

It is unrealistic for Britain to expect to negotiate its exit from the European Union and reach a free trade agreement in two years and both will probably need an implementation phase, the head of the... READ MORE

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EU, Latin American Countries Move to Deepen Trade Ties

February 9, 2017

Efforts on behalf of the EU and Mexico to modernise a sixteen-year old free trade agreement have been ramped up, following a phone call between EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and Mexican E... READ MORE

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Trudeau, Theresa May discuss trade, security amid fallout from Trump's immigration ban

February 4, 2017

British Prime Minister Theresa May called Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday to express condolences about the Quebec City shooting and update him on her recent visit with U.S. President Donald... READ MORE

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Malmström: EU, Indonesia Trade Negotiations On the Move

February 2, 2017

Trade negotiations between the 28-nation European Union and Indonesia are kicking into gear, according to EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström. The two sides launched negotiations last year, con... READ MORE

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CETA Clears Ratification Hurdle with EU Parliament Trade Committee Backing

January 26, 2017

The proposed Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), a free trade agreement negotiated between Canada and the EU, acquired the support of the European Parliament’s trade committee... READ MORE

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Eyes on CETA Ratification Ahead of EU Trade Committee Vote

January 19, 2017

Efforts to ratify an EU-Canada trade deal have seen progress in Europe, with the agreement receiving the backing of the European Parliament's environment, public health, and food safety (ENVI)... READ MORE

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Brexit and the free trade financial inclusion bonanza

January 17, 2017

For the first time in generations Britain's ability to negotiate free trade agreements will be un-frozen. Proponents of free trade see in Brexit a global vision that could drive financial inclusion ac... READ MORE

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National parliaments should ratify EU trade deals, says ECJ judge

December 21, 2016

A top judge in the European courts has said that national parliaments should ratify key aspects of future EU trade deals, throwing a potential spanner into the workings of Britain’s post-Brexit relati... READ MORE

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U.K. Mulling Turkey-Style Trade Pact After Brexit, Liam Fox Says

December 18, 2016

The U.K. could try to stay in the European customs union after Brexit, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said, in a further sign that the British government is considering keeping some formal tie... READ MORE

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Indonesia to prioritize Free Trade Agreement with European Union (EU)

December 16, 2016

The cooperation between participating countries within the Indonesia-European Union (EU) Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) was designed to enhance the economic cooperation between In... READ MORE

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U.K. Plays Down Report Brexit Trade Deal Could Take 10 Years

December 15, 2016

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s office downplayed remarks attributed to a British diplomat that it could take 10 years to negotiate a final free-trade deal with the European Union after Brexit -- an... READ MORE

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Japan, EU in talks seeking free-trade deal by year-end

December 14, 2016

Japan and the European Union are holding last-ditch talks this week to try reach a broad free trade agreement by the end of the year, Japanese government officials said. The two-way trade talks have t... READ MORE

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Data fight emerges as last big hurdle to EU-Japan trade deal

December 9, 2016

A dispute over data has emerged as an unexpected obstacle to an EU-Japan free-trade deal only weeks before diplomats expected to seal a political agreement. READ MORE

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Malmström: EU-Japan Trade Talks Near End Stage, Though Obstacles Remain

December 8, 2016

EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström affirmed this week that the 28-member bloc is “very close” to finalising talks for a bilateral free trade agreement with Japan, following nearly... READ MORE

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Brussels ‘close’ to free-trade deal with Japan

December 5, 2016

Brussels is “very close” to a free-trade deal with Japan as negotiators seek to ease anxiety in Tokyo that an agreement could run into the same kind of political trouble that nearly took down the EU-C... READ MORE

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Lawmakers in EU, Canada Begin Consideration of CETA Trade Deal

December 1, 2016

The next stage in the approval process for the EU-Canada trade pact is now getting underway, officials say, with parliamentary committees in Europe preparing to vote on the accord in the coming wee... READ MORE

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Globalisation by stealth: the quiet success of EU-Japan trade talks

November 29, 2016

Much horror and perturbation among the Asia-Pacific countries meeting earlier this month in Lima at Donald Trump’s threat to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the proposed regional trade agre... READ MORE

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Andean Community: Ecuador Joins EU Trade Pact with Colombia, Peru

November 17, 2016

After years of negotiations, officials gathered in Brussels on Friday 11 November to sign the protocol for Ecuador’s accession to the free trade agreement between the EU’s 28 member sta... READ MORE

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Tanzanian parliament advises government not to sign EPA with EU

November 17, 2016

Last week, members of the Tanzanian parliament (MPs) unanimously called on the East African country’s government not to sign an Economic Partnership agreement (EPA) negotiated between the EU... READ MORE

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UK Scopes Out Foreign Trade Options As Legal Challenges Continue on "Brexit"

November 17, 2016

UK officials have continued exploring options for deepening ties with other trading powers in a post-“Brexit” world, as legal challenges continue on home soil regarding whether the gove... READ MORE

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EU-Canada Trade Deal Signed, Overcoming Hurdles in Belgium

November 3, 2016

Leaders from the EU and Canada signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) on Sunday, following several weeks of talks to win the required backing of all 28 EU member states. ... READ MORE

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What the Canada-EU Deal Means for the Future of Trade

November 2, 2016

Last Sunday, after seven years of negotiations, the European Union (EU) and Canada signed a free trade agreement known as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The agreement provides... READ MORE

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UK will agree tariff-free trade deal with EU, minister claims

October 23, 2016

The European Union will agree a tariff-free trade deal with the UK – and it will not run into the same difficulties faced by the troubled Canadian pact, a cabinet minister has insisted. READ MORE

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Ceta talks: EU hopes to unblock Canada trade deal

October 22, 2016

The European Parliament president says he is optimistic that a free-trade deal between the EU and Canada can be signed soon despite last-minute obstacles. Objections by a Belgian region, which opposes... READ MORE

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As EU-Canada Summit Approaches, Pressure Grows to Reach CETA Consensus

October 20, 2016

The European Council is due to begin a two-day leaders’ meeting on Thursday, where they are expected to confirm whether they are in a position to sign a negotiated trade deal with Canada. The... READ MORE

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Brexit Briefing: The pitfalls of a trade pivot to Asia

October 11, 2016

According to Liam Fox, Britain’s international trade secretary, modern businesses compete in a “post-geography trading world”. The UK’s proximity to continental Europe confers illusory advantages. In... READ MORE

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EU Trade Ministers: TTIP Conclusion Unlikely This Year

September 29, 2016

EU trade ministers affirmed last week that finishing negotiations on a bilateral trade and investment deal with the US before year’s end is an “unrealistic” goal, following inform... READ MORE

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European parliament approves trade deal with southern African countries

September 23, 2016

Members of the European parliament (MEPs) have approved, on 14 September 2016, the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and six member states of the Southern African Development Comm... READ MORE

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EU, North American Officials Push Trade Deals Ahead of Key Meeting

September 22, 2016

Trade officials from the EU, Canada, and the United States have been pushing two major international accords over the past week, aiming to make a compelling case in time for a key meeting of Europe... READ MORE

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Brexit: An Impossibly Complex Task for the UK’s New Trade Negotiators?

September 7, 2016

On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom (UK) held a referendum on whether to unwind its relationship with the European Union (EU). The UK populace chose “Brexit.” It was a clear vote against the status q... READ MORE

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UK, Australia Begin Scoping Future Trade Deal Options

September 7, 2016

The UK and Australia announced on Wednesday that they are establishing a working group to explore the possible options for a future bilateral trade pact, which the two sides would then begin negotiati... READ MORE

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Want proof that Britain can thrive after Brexit? Look at South Korea

August 22, 2016

In the furore over how Britain should look post-Brexit, it’s surprising that we haven’t heard more about South Korea. Because whether it’s Switzerland, Norway or Canada, the countries most commonly he... READ MORE

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U.K. Trade Chief Seeks to Calm U.S. Jitters Over Brexit

July 25, 2016

The U.K.’s top trade official sought to assure Americans on Monday that London wants to preserve and advance close economic ties as the country moves to exit the European Union. READ MORE

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EU-Turkish customs union: How to proceed

July 23, 2016

New EU trade agreements could adversely affect Turkey as a non-EU member. This column presents new findings of an economic analysis in which different trade policy scenarios are considered. The res... READ MORE

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EAC-EU EPA signing postponed as deliberations continue

July 22, 2016

The signing of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and the EAC (East African Community) due to be ratified in October 2016 has been postponed, coming as a surprise to the intern... READ MORE

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EU, Indonesia Set to Begin Trade Talks

July 21, 2016

The EU and Indonesia have now launched negotiations for a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), officials confirmed this week, with the first round of talks due before year’s e... READ MORE

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Following Leadership Change, UK Officials Test Waters on Future Trade Deals

July 21, 2016

The new government of UK Prime Minister Theresa May has begun exploring possible options for trade deals with third countries, officials say, though the process to formally launch exit negotiations... READ MORE

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TTIP Negotiators Reiterate 2016 Goal, While Noting Market Access Gaps

July 21, 2016

US and EU officials reaffirmed last week that they still aim to clinch a bilateral trade and investment pact this year, while acknowledging that much work remains in areas such as market access fol... READ MORE

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Britain after Brexit looks like some Latin American countries

July 15, 2016

After several decades of covering Latin American affairs, I'm pretty used to seeing developing countries that are deeply divided over where they should fit in the global scene. READ MORE

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No FTA talks before Beijing grants fair market access: EU trade commissioner

July 12, 2016

The EU trade commissioner said Monday that China has to give European companies the same kind of market access that Chinese companies enjoy in Europe before discussions can start on a bilateral free t... READ MORE

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Starting Over on Tariffs: Post-Brexit Trade Agreement Partners for the United Kingdom

July 12, 2016

In the wake of the Brexit vote, the UK business secretary announced the exploration of free trade agreement (FTA) talks with India. The same announcement mentioned potential UK FTA talks on upcoming o... READ MORE

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EU Commission: CETA to Face Votes in National Parliaments

July 7, 2016

The European Commission proposed on Tuesday that a planned trade deal with Canada be signed and provisionally applie... READ MORE

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British trade can flourish without the shackles of Brussels

June 27, 2016

The immediate reaction of financial markets to Britain’s decision to leave the EU has been telling. Sterling has fallen sharply but gilt yields have rallied and the FTSE 100 has been one of the better... READ MORE

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‘A midsummer night’s nightmare’ for European trade

June 27, 2016

The U.K.’s decision to leave the EU means the loss of a major political and economic partner with a history of championing free trade at a critical moment for a mammoth agreement being negotiated with... READ MORE

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How will Brexit affect Britain's trade with Europe?

June 26, 2016

Britain will have to reach a new trade agreement with the European Union following its decision to sever links with Brussels. The task will be complex and will have to be carried out under the pressur... READ MORE

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Post Brexit: The UK's trade deal challenges

June 25, 2016

The government will now face the challenge of negotiating the terms of the post-exit relationship between the UK and the EU. Many of the issues that will have to be resolved are economic. They will in... READ MORE

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Trade priority for the next administration: US-UK free trade agreement

June 25, 2016

Brexit blah blah blah – what should the US do? One answer may be to immediately reorient trade policy toward a US-UK free trade agreement, perhaps to be followed by a US-EU agreement and others. There... READ MORE

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EU, Mexico Begin Talks to Update Economic Agreement

June 23, 2016

Negotiators have held their first round of talks to update a bilateral economic accord between the EU and Mexico, meeting in Brussels, Belgium, on 13-14 June.

 

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Southern African Countries, EU Sign Trade Deal

June 16, 2016

On 10 June, six countries from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) – specifically, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Swaziland – signed an Economic... READ MORE

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Alternative EU trade models not in your interest, UK warned

June 15, 2016

Business lobby groups from several of the countries that could provide a model for a post-Brexit UK have spoken out to advise the British to remain in the EU. In April, Michael Gove, the leading Euros... READ MORE

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Southern African Countries, EU Sign Trade Deal

June 14, 2016

On 10 June, six countries from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) – specifically, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Swaziland – signed an Economic... READ MORE

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EU, Japan to Aim for 2016 "Agreement in Principle" on FTA

June 2, 2016

An investor-state arbitration tribunal under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) recently released its decisions in a dispute... READ MORE

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EU Trade Ministers Review Next Steps for US, Canada Pacts

May 19, 2016

The European Commission has confirmed plans to submit a proposal to the European Council in June for signing the 28-nation bloc’s trade deal with Canada, amid continued questions over the pac... READ MORE

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EU, Mercosur Exchange Offers, Amid Brazil Political Turmoil

May 19, 2016

The EU and Mercosur exchanged offers on goods and services in their trade talks last week, in an effort to give new momentum to the long-running negotiations. The move comes amid a turbulent politi... READ MORE

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Mercosur’s missed boat

May 14, 2016

At a meeting in Brussels this week, officials from the European Union (EU) and Mercosur exchanged offers to cut tariffs and expand market access for each others’ goods and services. This is their seco... READ MORE

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EU-India could explore "less ambitious" FTA says top member of European Parliament

May 5, 2016

With the India-EU FTA negotiations deadlocked, a top European Parliament member has said the two sides could explore the option of a "less ambitious" trade pact and indicated that there could be a sep... READ MORE

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EU, Japan Leaders Call for Trade Talks to Conclude in 2016

May 4, 2016

The European Union and Japan should aim to conclude their negotiations for a sweeping free trade deal this year, leaders from both sides said on Tuesday, following high-level meetings in Brussels.&... READ MORE

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EU, US Negotiators Push for 2016 Deal, Though "TTIP Light" Not an Option

May 4, 2016

Negotiators for an EU-US trade and investment deal concluded their thirteenth round of talks on Friday, with both sides reiterating their wishes to conclude an agreement this year, so long as it do... READ MORE

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Japan, EU leaders agree to accelerate free trade talks

May 4, 2016

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and European Union leaders have agreed to expedite negotiations for a free trade deal and reach a broad accord by the end of the year, Japanese officials said. Abe shared the... READ MORE

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Reality Check: Is £250bn of trade at risk from Brexit?

May 4, 2016

The claim: Leaving the EU would put £250bn of trade at risk, according to Britain Stronger in Europe. Reality Check verdict: The group has taken a set of figures predicting the benefits of EU membersh... READ MORE

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Indonesia-EU free trade talks take big step forward

April 18, 2016

Indonesia and the European Union (EU) are one step closer to realising a free trade agreement after talks to discuss the scope of documents outlining the items they want to include in the negotiations... READ MORE

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EU not to let TTIP weaken food safety standards: agriculture commissioner

April 16, 2016

European Union (EU) agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan ruled out that the bloc will let the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) to weaken EU standards and regulations on food produ... READ MORE

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Africa, TPP, and TTIP: Integration or isolation?

April 14, 2016

With the demise of the Doha Development Round at the World Trade Organization Ministerial in Nairobi this past December, the multilateral approach to global trade negotiations has largely ended. Given... READ MORE

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Conclusion of India-EU talks possible this year: Nirmala Sitharam

April 5, 2016

Government sees a "possibility" of conclusion of free trade pacts with EU as well as EFTA, the four-member grouping that includes Switzerland, this year, Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said toda... READ MORE

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Many Issues Stand in the Way of India, the EU Agreeing on a Free Trade Deal in Brussels

March 30, 2016

International trade and foreign investment have come to occupy pivotal roles in international relations today. For India and the EU, this holds true too. Thus, what is likely to dominate the 13th Indi... READ MORE

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EU, US Trade Chiefs Press for TTIP Advances Despite Election, Brexit Dynamic

March 24, 2016

Clinching an ambitious bilateral trade and investment pact in the near term remains a key strategic and economic priority, said the US’ and EU’s top trade officials last week, while ack... READ MORE

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EU looks to downgrade summit with Japan as trade talks stall

March 6, 2016

The annual summit between Japan and the European Union could be downgraded to an informal dialogue, as the bloc is frustrated at the slow progress of free-trade talks between the two sides, sources cl... READ MORE

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EU, Canada Agree on New Approach to Investment in FTA

March 1, 2016

Canada and the European Union (EU) have agreed to the inclusion in their proposed free trade agreement of a new approach to investment protection and dispute resolution. Negotiations toward an EU-Cana... READ MORE

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Uruguay prepared to lead Mercosur/EU trade negotiations during the whole year

February 29, 2016

Uruguay which currently holds the Mercosur chair is enthusiastic about advancing the agreement since there is now a clear determination from the four members (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay)... READ MORE

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Mercosur makes EU free trade offer before French visit

February 22, 2016

South American bloc Mercosur is offering to open up 93 percent of its trade to competition from the European Union to seal a long-sought free-trade deal, Uruguay's president said Monday. Permanent mem... READ MORE

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NZ - EU FTA would benefit SMEs says McClay

February 16, 2016

New Zealand Trade Minister Todd McClay has been holding meetings about future negotiations with the EU in Brussels. A free trade agreement with the European Union would be of particular benefit to sma... READ MORE

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Indonesia to speed up EU CEPA negotiation

January 26, 2016

Indonesia will speed up negotiations on the Indonesia-European Union (EU) Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), aiming to have an agreement with the EU come into effect within two years... READ MORE

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FTA Between India and EU Will Benefit Both Sides: Germany

January 14, 2016

The proposed free trade agreement (FTA) between India and the European Union (EU) will benefit both sides and create jobs, trade opportunities as well as facilitate investments, a senior German offici... READ MORE

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Mercosur seeks to seal trade deal with EU this year

January 6, 2016

The Mercosur bloc should exchange free-trade offers with the European Union (EU) in the first quarter of the year to move forward with the free trade agreement between both blocs, Brazil’s Foreign Tra... READ MORE

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Transatlantic Free Trade?

December 28, 2015

This month, the United States National Intelligence Council released a sobering report entitled Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds. Most important, according to the authors, if current trends cont... READ MORE

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50 billion reasons to think big on U.S.-Turkish relations

December 13, 2015

Last weekend’s G-20 summit in Antalya brought together leaders of the world’s largest economies. Although the summit originally aimed to cover global economic growth, small and medium-sized enterprise... READ MORE

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Trina Exits EU Pricing Program as Solar Import Duties Extended

December 11, 2015

Trina Solar Ltd., the world’s biggest solar manufacturer, is withdrawing from a voluntary program to sell panels in the European Union above a fixed minimum price that the company said is hindering it... READ MORE

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International Aviation: an opportunity for growth and jobs in the EU aviation sector

December 7, 2015

Today, the European Commission has adopted an ambitious package of proposals to negotiate EU-level comprehensive aviation agreements with key partner countries. They include the Association of South E... READ MORE

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TISA: Local leaders call for transparency and social standards in services

December 4, 2015

The European Committee of the Regions' plenary session adopted on 4th December an opinion on the local and regional perspective of the multilateral Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) which aims at lib... READ MORE

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Vietnam, European Union Ink New Free Trade Pact

December 4, 2015

Vietnam and the European Union inked a new free trade agreement Tuesday in a move both sides hailed as a boost for ties as well as the EU’s relationship with Southeast Asia more generally.&nb... READ MORE

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The WTO Government Procurement Agreement: Assessing the scope for green procurement

December 1, 2015

The WTO's revised General Procurement Agreement (GPA) covers government purchasing of goods, services, and construction work valued at US$1.7 trillion annually. The most serious threat to the a... READ MORE

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EU to use its Chairmanship of TISA Talks on Services

November 30, 2015

The EU is to use its chairmanship of the latest round of negotiations for an international agreement on trade in services (TiSA) to push for significant progress on key chapters. The 15th round of tal... READ MORE

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The I.M.F.'s Tool, and What It Means for Trade

November 30, 2015

The United States dollar was once the standard reserve currency for the International Monetary Fund. But in the 1960s and early ’70s, as the Vietnam War dragged on and the United States ran persistent... READ MORE

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Negotiator says EU would remove auto tariffs if Japan opens farm market

November 26, 2015

The European Union will abolish its tariffs on automobiles only if Japan liberalizes its agricultural sector under a free trade agreement currently being negotiated, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malm... READ MORE

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EU-Ukraine free trade 'set for 2016' - President Poroshenko

November 17, 2015

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko says the EU has confirmed that an EU-Ukrainian free trade zone will be launched on 1 January. The deal was supposed to take effect this January but Russia o... READ MORE

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The currency union effect on trade: Redux

June 15, 2015

The Economic and Monetary Union in Europe has recently been the source of a lot of pain. Its economic benefits often seem a lot harder to measure. This column reconsiders earlier opinions on the trad... READ MORE

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Trans-Pacific Partnership versus Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership

December 1, 2014

This paper argues that the formation of regional integration frameworks can be best understood as a dominant state’s attempt to create a preferred regional framework in which it an exercise e... READ MORE

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TISA Talks Making Strong Progress, Officials Say

May 1, 2014

Participants of the plurilateral talks on liberalising services trade continue to make good progress, officials involved in the process confirmed yesterday, just a year after formal negotiations ki... READ MORE

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TTIP – Is free trade coming to the north Atlantic?

May 1, 2014

The negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership are about a year old and making only slow progress. This column argues that TTIP is a long-run project that will probably tak... READ MORE

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The problem with TTIP

May 1, 2014

Most economists cheer the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership that the EU is currently negotiating with the US. This column argues it is a pity that TTIP and other mega-regional agreeme... READ MORE

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U.S. Investment Policy Doesn’t Need another Public Review

March 1, 2014

In a February 28 letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, a set of interest groups invited him to join his EU counterparts and “embark upon a thorough, open, public consultation pr... READ MORE

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Canada: A leader in the Americas?

February 1, 2014

On February 19, U.S. president Barack Obama, Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto, and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will meet in Toluca, Mexico for the 2014 North American Leaders... READ MORE

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Deepen Economic Ties to Turkey

January 1, 2014

The authors writes the U.S. should continue pursuing a more ambitious agenda with Turkey, given Turkey’s importance for U.S. interests and the U.S. goal that Turkey anchor itself with the Wes... READ MORE

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The 2013 WTO Bali Ministerial: Prospects and New Horizons

November 1, 2013

Failure to address these issues will make further significant progress on the Doha Round difficult, notwithstanding a successful outcome in Bali. An important wild card is what impact other large b... READ MORE

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The Challenges and Opportunities of International Trade: Past, Present, and Future

July 1, 2013

The administration is engaged in negotiations that go far beyond our nation’s vast expanses, Atlantic and Pacific, as well as our northern and southern borders. This demonstrates vividly that... READ MORE

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Services Regulation in the Caribbean: Summary Report

April 1, 2013

This report assesses the regulatory framework for trade and investment in five areas - horizontal measures, information and communications technologies, transport services, professional services, a... READ MORE

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Obama's Pivot to Europe: Forget China. An EU trade deal would be the real game-changer.

February 1, 2013

The fact is, the U.S. and the EU have it in their power to enact a potentially game-changing policy that could boost economic growth on both side of the Atlantic, help the transatlantic allies deal... READ MORE

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The Importance of Trade and Capital Imbalances in the European Debt Crisis

January 1, 2013

The current debate on the European crisis has highlighted the role of fiscal imbalances in explaining the turmoil that has dominated Europe in the past few years. This paper adopts a different poin... READ MORE