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Deng: Double whammy of EU steel safeguards and US duties would be ‘disaster’ for Taiwan
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Deng: Double whammy of EU steel safeguards and US duties would be ‘disaster’ for Taiwan

A decision by the EU to slap safeguards on foreign steel would have severe repercussions in Taiwan, whose exports of the alloy to the US are already subject to 25% duties, says Taiwan’s top trade negotiator. Without an exemption from the US tariffs – something Taiwan has tried and failed to …

Interview: Moisa hopes for swift ratification of Singapore deal
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Interview: Moisa hopes for swift ratification of Singapore deal

There are clear signals from member states that the EU-Singapore free trade agreement, concluded in 2015, is on track to be ratified in the coming months. MEP Sorin Moisa shares his views with Borderlex’s editor Iana Dreyer on why and how the accord could and should be ratified.   Where …

Exclusive interview: Elena Santiago Cid – CEN & CENELEC
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Exclusive interview: Elena Santiago Cid – CEN & CENELEC

  Elena Santiago Cid, the director general of CEN and CENELEC*, two of the three European standards organisations, shares her views with Hermine Donceel on how recent EU trade agreements deal with industry standards issues. She also talks about the stalled Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership talks and shares her …

Tersen: France’s Macron will want ‘fairness’, sustainability in EU trade deals
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Tersen: France’s Macron will want ‘fairness’, sustainability in EU trade deals

  Denis Tersen, a senior civil servant and trade policy veteran of France, tells Borderlex what to expect from the French approach to trade policy under its new president Emmanuel Macron. Tersen also offers suggestions to ensure trade policy gains back its legitimacy in the European public’s distrustful eye.   …

Exclusive: David Martin on Scotland, Brexit and EU ASEAN trade
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Exclusive: David Martin on Scotland, Brexit and EU ASEAN trade

  David Martin talks to Hermine Donceel about Scotland after Brexit and EU ASEAN trade relations. Scotland could end up voting to leave the United Kingdom and should be allowed to join EFTA, the MEP reckons. As to EU ASEAN relations, the EU must pay more attention to human rights and …

Interview: Lessons from TTIP – Regulatory trade talks should be an open deliberative process
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Interview: Lessons from TTIP – Regulatory trade talks should be an open deliberative process

  The failure of the controversial transatlantic TTIP negotiations in late 2016 is a good opportunity to reflect on what went wrong and can be done with trade agreements involving regulatory talks in future. Professor Bernard Hoekman, Director and Professor in Global Economics at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced …

Maurel: People need to be convinced trade policy is a positive vehicle for change
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Maurel: People need to be convinced trade policy is a positive vehicle for change

Emmanuel Maurel is the French MEP (S&D) who orchestrated a ‘counter-consultation’ on granting China market economy status in antidumping to protest against a similar initiative led by the Commission in 2016. He was also the EP’s rapporteur on the recent project of macro-financial assistance for Jordan to help the country …

Interview: EU international investment court idea: 3 questions to Lauge Poulsen
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Interview: EU international investment court idea: 3 questions to Lauge Poulsen

Lauge Poulsen,  Assistant Professor in International Political Economy at University College London, tells us what he thinks of the EU’s proposal to establish an international investment court system (ICS) to replace private arbitration to settle disputes between investors and host states.  The EU is notably proposing such a system to …

INTERVIEW: L. Alan Winters on China MES – “a coordinated view would look like the rest of the world is ganging up on China”
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INTERVIEW: L. Alan Winters on China MES – “a coordinated view would look like the rest of the world is ganging up on China”

In an interview with Borderlex, L. Alan Winters asks if the unfolding crisis in the steel sector should be the overarching consideration for a forthcoming EU decision to grant China ‘market economy status’ in its antidumping policy this year. Winters also warns that if the West refuses to do so, there could be consequences for China’s commitment to …