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Macron speech: trade discourse focuses on transparency, enforcement and reciprocity
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Macron speech: trade discourse focuses on transparency, enforcement and reciprocity

A European trade prosecutor anyone?   France’s president Emmanuel Macron gave a very long speech on Tuesday (26 September 2017). The speech carries the title Initiative pour l’Europe : Une Europe souveraine, unie, démocratique. In English that would be: Initiative for Europe: a sovereign, united and democratic Europe.   The speech …

US Section 232 : French, German, UK steel most at risk in Europe
France Germany Trade defence United States & TTIP

US Section 232 : French, German, UK steel most at risk in Europe

 A new study released by the Washington-based Peterson Institute reveals that German, British and French steel exports are likely to be hit most by new trade retaliatory measures initiated and envisaged by the Donald Trump administration since it took office in January 2017.   The US has initiated various antidumping measures …

Merkel says ready to talk with Macron on “reciprocity” in trade
France Internal EU politics Trade defence

Merkel says ready to talk with Macron on “reciprocity” in trade

Emmanuel Macron, France’s freshly inaugurated President, met Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin today. Germans wonder whether he is making the EU more protectionist. But Merkel welcomes his insistence on demanding greater reciprocity in market openings from European trading partners.   Quizzed by the press about his plans to introduce a Buy European Act …

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.   …