EU trade politics

Communicating more but ducking the China question – what’s simmering in the kitchens of the new EU trade strategy
EU trade politics

Communicating more but ducking the China question – what’s simmering in the kitchens of the new EU trade strategy

The EU Commission is devising a new trade policy strategy. Winning over Europe’s hearts and minds is at the centre of the body’s new approach. But bold moves on difficult files such as China appear impossible to muster amidst rising politicisation of trade policy. By Iana Dreyer in Brussels. 

Opinion: France could yet turn out to be the expected hotbed of opposition to TTIP
EU trade politics United States & TTIP

Opinion: France could yet turn out to be the expected hotbed of opposition to TTIP

France’s attitude so far towards the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership has puzzled observers. Despite the country’s well-known and entrenched scepticism of free trade and globalisation, it is not France, but the big trading nation Germany, that has become the focal point of opposition to TTIP in Europe. But while Paris has been cautious on …

A few take-aways from MEP amendments to planned TTIP resolution
EU trade politics

A few take-aways from MEP amendments to planned TTIP resolution

The close to 900 amendments added by MEPs to a planned EU Parliament resolution on TTIP to be voted on before the summer is partly the result of a strong mobilisation of the legislature’s populist parties. It reflects the divisiveness of many files in the ongoing transatlantic trade and investment negotiations. Overall, a European Parliament position on some …