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Comment: WTO crisis, Trump, and the EU’s credibility challenge
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Comment: WTO crisis, Trump, and the EU’s credibility challenge

The EU is struggling to find a consistent, coherent and efficient strategy approach to the US administration’s choking off of the World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body and to its unilateral tariffs on steel and aluminium.   There is a lot of back-and-forth in the background – both in Brussels and …

Australia and New Zealand edge closer to FTA launch amidst security rapprochement with EU
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Australia and New Zealand edge closer to FTA launch amidst security rapprochement with EU

The EU and Oceania are edging towards an economic rapprochement.   Long-awaited free trade agreement talks between the EU and Australia and New Zealand are expected to receive the green light from member states next month. The move comes as the two Oceanian countries seek to diversify their security ties …

Trade defence – member states release contours of new EU regulation
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Trade defence – member states release contours of new EU regulation

Member states green-lighted a legislative compromise on a long-standing trade defence instrument reform package initiated in 2013.   Last December the Council, European Commission and European Parliament reached a final political compromise after a lengthy trilogue negotiation process.   The final text is expected to be adopted by EU legislators …

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 …

Beyond Brussels: Trump targets ‘brutal’ EU in speech to farm-state officials
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Beyond Brussels: Trump targets ‘brutal’ EU in speech to farm-state officials

US President Donald Trump’s decision to study rejoining Trans-Pacific Partnership talks and his suggestion that a trade war with China could be averted if Beijing opened its market to more American goods grabbed the headlines yesterday. But he also had a few things to say – none of them very …

EU in quest for a Trump trade strategy
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EU in quest for a Trump trade strategy

There’s an eerie silence in the EU institutions around the current ‘negotiations’ with the Donald Trump administration over the issue of exempting the EU permanently from planned tariffs on aluminium and steel under Section 232. Even the European Parliament hasn’t been updated with the latest developments.   The silence stands …