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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 …

Beyond Brussels: ‘Winds of change are blowing’ on WTO rules, Wolff says
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Beyond Brussels: ‘Winds of change are blowing’ on WTO rules, Wolff says

Initiatives and discussions involving large groups of countries on issues such as electronic commerce and investment facilitation signal that global trade rules are set for a revamp, says Alan Wolff, deputy director-general of the World Trade Organization.   “The WTO rulebook very likely will be updated to address current and …

Comment: TSD chapters in EU FTAs – fig leaf or necessary tool for SDGs?
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Comment: TSD chapters in EU FTAs – fig leaf or necessary tool for SDGs?

  The European Commission has released a ‘non-paper’ on how to bolster so-called trade and sustainable development chapters in EU free trade agreements. The EU’s aim is to improve and strengthen the current dialogue- and cooperation-based approach in enforcing labour and environment provisions in FTAs, and to introduce a stronger …

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Russia requests establishment of panel on EU antidumping measures

Russia has requested that the WTO establish a dispute settlement panel to settle a dispute it launched in 2015 on antidumping measures in the EU concerning fertilisers and metals products (background here).   At stake are the EU’s so-called cost-adjustment methodologies, which have been rebuffed by the WTO in a …