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A week in Brussels: Mexico progress, data flows, e-bikes, investment screening
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A week in Brussels: Mexico progress, data flows, e-bikes, investment screening

It was another packed week in trade, with the trans-Atlantic relationship on top of everyone’s mind. We’ve covered some of it here, as well as developments in the run-up to the launch of EU-Australia and EU-New Zealand free trade talks. There’s been a lot of movement between the EU and …

Comment: WTO crisis, Trump, and the EU’s credibility challenge
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Comment: WTO crisis, Trump, and the EU’s credibility challenge

The EU is struggling to find a consistent, coherent and efficient strategy approach to the US administration’s choking off of the World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body and to its unilateral tariffs on steel and aluminium.   There is a lot of back-and-forth in the background – both in Brussels and …

Australia and New Zealand edge closer to FTA launch amidst security rapprochement with EU
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Australia and New Zealand edge closer to FTA launch amidst security rapprochement with EU

The EU and Oceania are edging towards an economic rapprochement.   Long-awaited free trade agreement talks between the EU and Australia and New Zealand are expected to receive the green light from member states next month. The move comes as the two Oceanian countries seek to diversify their security ties …

Trade defence – member states release contours of new EU regulation
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Trade defence – member states release contours of new EU regulation

Member states green-lighted a legislative compromise on a long-standing trade defence instrument reform package initiated in 2013.   Last December the Council, European Commission and European Parliament reached a final political compromise after a lengthy trilogue negotiation process.   The final text is expected to be adopted by EU legislators …

EU in quest for a Trump trade strategy
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EU in quest for a Trump trade strategy

There’s an eerie silence in the EU institutions around the current ‘negotiations’ with the Donald Trump administration over the issue of exempting the EU permanently from planned tariffs on aluminium and steel under Section 232. Even the European Parliament hasn’t been updated with the latest developments.   The silence stands …