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Member states open to reforming ‘lesser duty’ rule in antidumping – Gold to be in list of ‘conflict minerals’ regulation

Today’s long-awaited Foreign Affairs Council meeting resulted in signs of compromise of member states on a planned so-called ‘conflict minerals’ regulation and on reforming trade defence instruments.   Key take-aways from the meeting:   ·         CETA   A text will be submitted to the Council for ratification in June. The …

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CETA: Canada Trade Minister Freeland starts promotion tour in Germany – Sigmar Gabriel says it’s an “excellent benchmark for TTIP” – political crisis around visas

Berlin has been the first stop of Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s current trade minister on a roadshow trip in Europe to bring forward the ratification process of the Canada-EU CETA trade agreement. The minister will be Brussels next week, including to meet the EU Parliament. Canada wants to see the deal …

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France and Germany congratulate themselves on CETA investment chapter outcome as ratification countdown begins

Canada endorsed the EU’s idea of a system of international arbitration or adjudication based on pre-selected judges to deal with disputes between investors and host states in the Canada EU CETA trade deal initially concluded in September 2014.   The EU went back to Canada during the ‘legal scrubbing’ process …

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TTIP: German week for Commissioner Malmström

The Commission is investing political energy into wooing Germany into supporting TTIP. Today, trade Commissioner Malmström is in Karlsruhe, talking at an event hosted by the regional chamber of commerce of Baden Württemberg, one of Germany’s economic powerhouses. There hailed the advantages of the transatlantic trade and investment partnership agreement …

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Anti TTIP ‘Campact’ pressure group under scrutiny over tax advantages

Political pressure is mounting on Campact, the German campaign group known for organising anti TTIP rallies and campaigns, the German newspaper FAZ reports.   The group is behind the October 2015 anti TTIP rally that gathered 200000 demonstrators in Berlin and coordinated a 3 million-signature European petition against TTIP. The …

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Germany’s centre-left party chief and economics minister Sigmar Gabriel sees party support dented over TTIP, CETA

The annual three-day party convention of the SPD, Chancellor Merkel’s junior coalition partner in government, turned out to be bruising for Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s current Vice Chancellor and economics minister.   Part of the left-wing fraction of the party criticised Gabriel for supporting TTIP and CETA, and for toeing the …