Internal EU politics

EXCLUSIVE – Beyond the Wallonian veto: sixty academics out to defend European democracy in trade
Internal EU politics

EXCLUSIVE – Beyond the Wallonian veto: sixty academics out to defend European democracy in trade

After the near-death experience of CETA, the controversial trade agreement with Canada that was almost toppled by the regional Belgian government of Wallonia, a group of academics has come out to defend the European democratic decision making process in trade policy.   “The other side of the academic argument needed to be made”. That’s …

Maurel: People need to be convinced trade policy is a positive vehicle for change
Disputes & TDI Internal EU politics

Maurel: People need to be convinced trade policy is a positive vehicle for change

Emmanuel Maurel is the French MEP (S&D) who orchestrated a ‘counter-consultation’ on granting China market economy status in antidumping to protest against a similar initiative led by the Commission in 2016. He was also the EP’s rapporteur on the recent project of macro-financial assistance for Jordan to help the country …

Internal EU politics

In brief: EP trade committee extends mandate of leaders in mid-term elections

The European Parliament’s trade committee has not renewed its leadership in a middle-of-term election that follows on the change operated at the very top of the EU’s legislative body mid January in the aftermath of the election of the Italian Antonio Tajani (EPP) to the post of president.   Bernd Lange (S&D, Germany) was reconfirmed as …