Bilateral

Comment: Moldova after DCFTA ratification: watch the gas trade, the banks, and, yes, look out for tanks
Ukraine, Russia & CIS

Comment: Moldova after DCFTA ratification: watch the gas trade, the banks, and, yes, look out for tanks

All eyes are on the Ukraine crisis these days. Today, EU leaders are preparing to issue a new list of individuals active in the breakaway regions of Donbass who will be barred from entering the EU and whose assets will be frozen. But what about Moldova? Without a more thorough strategy to strengthen the …

After Malmström in Berlin – German government not likely to oppose ISDS in CETA and TTIP
Bilateral EU trade politics Investment

After Malmström in Berlin – German government not likely to oppose ISDS in CETA and TTIP

After European trade commissioner Malmström’s visit to Berlin on Monday, the likelihood that the Canada-EU trade deal (CETA) finalised last September will be derailed because of German opposition to its investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS) clauses appears extremely low. So are the odds that Germany will oppose ISDS in the ongoing transatlantic trade and investment partnership …

A decade of exposure to EU trade defence instruments – Pakistan vs. EU at the WTO
Asia Disputes & TDI

A decade of exposure to EU trade defence instruments – Pakistan vs. EU at the WTO

[sh_light_text ]Pakistan brought a case against the European Union (EU) to the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) dispute settlement body this week. Pakistan contests the bloc’s anti-subsidy import taxes on material used to produce plastic bottles. We’ve looked into the history of the case and found the story is ten years old …

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 …