Bilateral

Comment: Why the planned European free trade deal with Vietnam will not likely see light so soon
Asia Bilateral

Comment: Why the planned European free trade deal with Vietnam will not likely see light so soon

[sh_light_text ]Hopes a planned EU-Vietnam free trade deal would be clinched at the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) this week in Italy were dashed when both sides announced they were hoping to conclude the deal “in the next few months”. Despite Hanoi’s and Brussels’ declared optimism, an early conclusion of the talks is …

EU-China investment treaty talks may face bumpy road
Asia Investment

EU-China investment treaty talks may face bumpy road

[sh_light_text ]The EU and China are discussing their planned bilateral investment treaty on the sidelines of the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Italy this week. Both want to conclude an agreement that mutually opens markets and better protects investors’ rights. But negotiations will likely be protracted and Beijing does not appear to prioritise this deal with Brussels, Jennifer Freedman …

Ukraine, Russia & CIS

Russia warns Ukraine and EU not to implement Association Agreement

This article was first published by Business New Europe, our editorial Partner.   Russian economy minister Aleksei Ulyukaev has warned Ukraine and the EU in a letter not to implement their Association Agreement signed on September 15. Otherwise Russia will place restrictions on its trade with Ukraine. Postponement of implementation of the …

EU Ukraine DCFTA : EU ready to agree to significant carve-outs
Bilateral Ukraine, Russia & CIS

EU Ukraine DCFTA : EU ready to agree to significant carve-outs

[sh_light_text ]The German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung writes this morning that the EU is ready to accept that large swaths of the 1500-page long deep and comprehensive free trade agreement (DCFTA) signed this spring with Ukraine will not come into force. [/sh_light_text]   Today, officials from Ukraine, Russia and the EU are holding a meeting to reach …

Business & European sanctions against Russia: the uncertainty factor
Ukraine, Russia & CIS

Business & European sanctions against Russia: the uncertainty factor

[sh_light_text ]EU exports to Russia have plummeted. This is not only because of this year’s EU sanctions and Russian import bans. Russia is having a recession. But the direct cost of sanctions has to do with the fact that they create a general sense of uncertainty, thus holding back business decisions, writes Iana Dreyer.[/sh_light_text]