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Dispatch from Paris: How Macron’s pragmatism is winning the day on trade
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Dispatch from Paris: How Macron’s pragmatism is winning the day on trade

France’s stance on trade policy under President Emmanuel Macron has puzzled many. Yet Macron’s pragmatist logic is now starting to become clearer as his government finds its ground on the trade politics front back home and US President Donald Trump forces Paris to stay focused on the strategic dimension of …

EU could join Canada in WTO dispute over US tariffs – but it likely won’t
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EU could join Canada in WTO dispute over US tariffs – but it likely won’t

When Canada lodged its sweeping case against US tariffs at the World Trade Organization last month, it cited almost 200 examples of alleged wrongdoing against trading partners including Germany, Italy, China, Japan, Brazil and India. Despite talk of an EU-US ‘trade war’, and although the complaint was filed in a …

Data flows: circle closing in on EU Commission and Paris after INTA vote
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Data flows: circle closing in on EU Commission and Paris after INTA vote

The European Parliament’s trade committee endorsed a report initiated by Marietje Schaake calling for an EU digital trade strategy and for expediting policies to secure free flows of data across borders.   The Schaake report makes recommendations to policymakers on e-commerce, net neutrality and online consumer protection, among others. The …

EU Globalisation Adjustment Fund: France gets most help, Britain never asked for any
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EU Globalisation Adjustment Fund: France gets most help, Britain never asked for any

The European Commission released a report on the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund, a pot of public money set up ten years ago to help workers in distressed sectors retrain and find new jobs. The press announcement states proudly that this report proves the fund’s “effectiveness”.   In 2015 and 2016, …