Author: Jennifer Freedman

EU may join US in trade challenge against Chinese IP practices
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EU may join US in trade challenge against Chinese IP practices

Reports that the European Union is “closely examining” possible World Trade Organization complaints against China for its policies and practices on intellectual property come as little surprise, as the EU just last week told a WTO committee that it was concerned about Beijing’s technology licensing requirements.   US President Donald …

EFTA to expand FTA reach in 2018 with Ecuador pact, revised Turkey deal
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EFTA to expand FTA reach in 2018 with Ecuador pact, revised Turkey deal

The European Free Trade Association expects to sign a free trade agreement with Ecuador as well as an expanded accord with Turkey this year. Negotiations will continue with India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam, while talks with the Latin American Mercosur bloc that began in 2017 will also move ahead in …

Week ahead in EU trade: Turkey, Brexit, 301 probe
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Week ahead in EU trade: Turkey, Brexit, 301 probe

EU leaders will be in the Bulgarian seaside resort of Varna today to meet with Turkish counterparts including President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who is hoping to hear some good news about plans to begin technical talks on their bilateral customs union. He’s likely to be disappointed. And US tariffs on goods …

Week ahead in EU trade: Brexit transition, steel tariffs, INTA, UfM
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Week ahead in EU trade: Brexit transition, steel tariffs, INTA, UfM

Two of the biggest trade issues hanging over the EU will be on various agendas this week: the draft Brexit withdrawal and transition agreement, and the bloc’s ongoing efforts to avoid pending US steel and aluminium tariffs. European leaders are set to accept the draft agreement, but it’s anyone’s guess …

Beyond Brussels: Don’t get your hopes up about Indian mini-ministerial
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Beyond Brussels: Don’t get your hopes up about Indian mini-ministerial

Almost all of the more than 50 World Trade Organization members that India invited to next week’s “mini-ministerial” plan to attend, but the two-day meeting is expected to accomplish little to tackle problems that have dogged the WTO for years.   India decided to hold the informal gathering after the …