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WTO: Some EU energy laws discriminate against Russia, but ‘unbundling’ is legal

Russia has lost its central argument in a four-year-old World Trade Organization complaint challenging the EU’s energy market laws: the right of the bloc to prevent a single company from owning both natural gas pipelines and distribution networks. The WTO ruled today that certain energy-supply measures imposed by the EU …

Redefining a ‘regional’ trade deal: Britain’s post-Brexit push to join CPTPP
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Redefining a ‘regional’ trade deal: Britain’s post-Brexit push to join CPTPP

One of the more eye-catching aspects of the UK government’s recently launched consultation on its post-Brexit trading future was its stated ambition to ‘potentially’ join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, known as CPTPP. The 11-nation pact was identified as a priority for the UK in negotiating new …

Commentary: Italy’s new government risks undermining EU unity on trade and investment
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Commentary: Italy’s new government risks undermining EU unity on trade and investment

Italy’s new coalition government is pushing a protectionist agenda that puts national sovereignty at the centre and may well set the country on a collision course with Brussels, Berlin and Paris, argues Nicola Casarini. The new government in Rome is promoting ‘Italy First’, a set of policies that may undermine …

Week ahead in EU trade: Juncker-Trump, Mercosur, Brexit
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Week ahead in EU trade: Juncker-Trump, Mercosur, Brexit

Things are starting to wind down on the trade front before the summer recess. Some news – or at least official remarks, if not tweets – can be expected from European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s meeting with US President Donald Trump at the White House. Juncker will seek to sidestep …

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(What) a Week in Brussels: Trump, Airbus, CETA, no-deal Brexit

It’s as if everything absolutely had to happen before everyone goes on holiday: inking a deal with Japan, holding a summit with China that actually delivers on a joint statement, launching a WTO reform initiative, introducing steel safeguards, slapping dumping duties on electric bikes and making progress on Mercosur negotiations. …

Beyond Brussels: US WTO complaints against Section 232 retaliation – the arguments
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Beyond Brussels: US WTO complaints against Section 232 retaliation – the arguments

The Trump administration’s trade complaints against import duties applied by Canada, China, the EU, Mexico and Turkey on US goods are short and sweet – and almost identical. Washington argues that the measures are discriminatory and, except in the case of Mexico, they exceed permitted duty rates. The US lodged …

Mercosur talks gain new momentum, though endgame still elusive
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Mercosur talks gain new momentum, though endgame still elusive

EU-Mercosur free trade negotiations gained new momentum during day-and-a-half talks among seven South American ministers and EU negotiators in Brussels. No deal was clinched, but diplomats on the Mercosur side say the ‘endgame’ is within reach. “The talks are going well,” European trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström said today. The parties …