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Comment: For Sweden, EEA is least risky post-Brexit option
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Comment: For Sweden, EEA is least risky post-Brexit option

Britain’s exit from the European Union will have a negative effect on EU member states’ opportunities to trade with the UK. This is why damage control will be of paramount importance, say Anna Stellinger and Oscar Wåglund Söderström of Sweden’s National Board of Trade. From a Swedish perspective, the best solution would …

Comment: Trump’s cartoon-strip caricatures of EU threaten transatlantic ties
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Comment: Trump’s cartoon-strip caricatures of EU threaten transatlantic ties

President Donald Trump’s anti-EU views are a dangerous departure from established US foreign policy and a threat to transatlantic trade relations, argues Anthony Gardner.   Some 16 months into the Trump administration, one can predict that US-EU relations will be significantly damaged. President Donald Trump’s own statements make clear that …

Multilateral investment court: State of play at the UN
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Multilateral investment court: State of play at the UN

The UNCITRAL-hosted reform process of investor-state dispute settlement launched last November in Vienna is dominated by the EU, Canada and Mauritius. It is a process driven by governments and less by experts, with countries like the US and Japan finding themselves in a minority. Nikos Lavranos reports back on a …

Comment: UNCITRAL and the future of ISDS – fix it or nix it?
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Comment: UNCITRAL and the future of ISDS – fix it or nix it?

  The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law has an opportunity this week to keep pace with the other developments around the world challenging ISDS by using bold and creative thinking. Such innovation is not beyond UNCITRAL’s mandate, argues Rob Howse.   Nothing unites critics of globalization these days …

Saïfi: Europe’s trade deals must be better implemented
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Saïfi: Europe’s trade deals must be better implemented

  Trade agreements must be monitored better, more transparent,  focus on small and medium-sized enterprises and promote European values and norms, writes Tokia Saïfi.   The international context has evolved significantly since the European Commission published its latest trade strategy in 2015. While the US is withdrawing from the international …

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 …