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Comment: The Advocate General’s opinion on the Singapore FTA is a pyrrhic victory for Europe’s trade-sceptics
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Comment: The Advocate General’s opinion on the Singapore FTA is a pyrrhic victory for Europe’s trade-sceptics

  If the Court of Justice rules on the lines offered by the European Court of Justice’s Advocate-General’s opinion released on 21 December 2016, the EU will not be able to sign modern trade agreements that include namely social and environmental standards, writes Christofer Fjellner.   Last October’s debacle during which Wallonia …

Comment: Selling the proposal for a multilateral investment court to the world
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Comment: Selling the proposal for a multilateral investment court to the world

The European Commission’s Directorate for Trade is making true on its pledge to work towards establishing an international investment court to overcome investment arbitration to settle international investor-state disputes. After a meeting in Geneva aimed at discussing EU plans held mid December, DG Trade stated “there is an appetite for reforming the current …

Trump election: Business must now step up its public engagement for open rules-based trade
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Trump election: Business must now step up its public engagement for open rules-based trade

Despite his highly protectionist rhetoric, Donald Trump as president is not likely to implement many of his electoral promises on trade. But lessons must be learnt from the US election campaign – as from the Brexit campaign a few months earlier. Businesses can no longer take for granted that the …