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Week ahead in EU trade: US, Mexico, investment, Commonwealth, Australia
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Week ahead in EU trade: US, Mexico, investment, Commonwealth, Australia

This week, the the policy churn in Brussels will mainly be about what to do about Donald Trump’s trade policies. Some progress might be made when the EU and Mexico sit down for another negotiating round aimed at updating their trade deal, and European lawmakers in Strasbourg will vote on a …

Deng: Double whammy of EU steel safeguards and US duties would be ‘disaster’ for Taiwan
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Deng: Double whammy of EU steel safeguards and US duties would be ‘disaster’ for Taiwan

A decision by the EU to slap safeguards on foreign steel would have severe repercussions in Taiwan, whose exports of the alloy to the US are already subject to 25% duties, says Taiwan’s top trade negotiator. Without an exemption from the US tariffs – something Taiwan has tried and failed to …

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A week in Brussels: Culture goods, procurement, Sri Lanka

This week was comparatively quiet. It was Easter, after all.   There’s been some movement on the wider global trade war front. Don’t forget to read up on our two articles here and here. The headlines of these articles’ may say ‘China’ or ‘Japan’, but the pieces include a lot …

WTO: EU, Japan join US in China IP case – while fending off own US tariff threats
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WTO: EU, Japan join US in China IP case – while fending off own US tariff threats

The EU and Japan are joining the United States in a World Trade Organization dispute against China’s intellectual property practices. On Wednesday, the EU and Japan filed a request to join consultations – a preliminary phase in a legal dispute – initiated by Washington.   Despite facing, as political allies, …

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 …

EU palm oil plans crop up in WTO
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EU palm oil plans crop up in WTO

On Monday, seven World Trade Organization members raised concerns about the EU’s new Renewable Energy Directive during a goods committee meeting.   In January, the European Parliament voted to ban palm oil from the bloc’s targets for consumption of renewable energy for transport by 2021, in a shift away from earlier …