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EU’s Section 232 response: WTO-legal options are narrow
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EU’s Section 232 response: WTO-legal options are narrow

The EU’s top leadership reacted promptly to announcements in the US media that President Donald Trump will go ahead with slapping punitive import tariffs on steel. Trade retaliation of some form is expected from Brussels. The EU promises World Trade Organization-compatible moves. But here, the options are relatively limited, lawyers …

In brief: EU readies responses for US Section 232 tariffs and Appellate Body crisis
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In brief: EU readies responses for US Section 232 tariffs and Appellate Body crisis

The central topic on the minds of trade ministers during their informal meeting in snowy Sofia on Tuesday was the United States’s trade policies. The EU is readying a differentiated response to any possible import duties US President Donald Trump could apply to European steel and aluminium.   In February, …

Week ahead in EU trade: Foreign affairs council, EU-ASEAN, Article 50, WTO
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Week ahead in EU trade: Foreign affairs council, EU-ASEAN, Article 50, WTO

EU trade ministers are meeting in Bulgaria. The EU-ASEAN Business Summit and ASEAN Economic Ministers’ meeting will focus on trade and investment ties between the two regions. More details below:   Foreign Affairs Council Trade   EU trade ministers will have two main issues in mind at a meeting that …

Comment: Lamy’s ‘lonesome cowboy’ scenario won’t resolve Appellate Body impasse
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Comment: Lamy’s ‘lonesome cowboy’ scenario won’t resolve Appellate Body impasse

Slow is often the norm at institutions such as the World Trade Organization, but efforts to fill vacant seats on the WTO’s Appellate Body really haven’t made a bit of progress. The reason for the standstill, as trade aficionados well know, is Washington’s refusal to support starting the process to …

A week in Brussels – Taking on China – South America – ASEAN – Trade Valentines
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A week in Brussels – Taking on China – South America – ASEAN – Trade Valentines

With many people out of town skiing it’s been comparatively quiet in Brussels town itself. A lot happened actually outside of Brussels. Trade pros even got time to write #TradeValentines poems.   EU and US join Japan in plans to take China to WTO over tech protectionism   A new …

China MES case may ride on negotiating history of WTO accession protocol
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China MES case may ride on negotiating history of WTO accession protocol

The negotiating history of China’s World Trade Organization accession protocol could play a central role in the outcome of Beijing’s WTO complaint about EU dumping methodologies, according to a new study that pinpoints weaknesses in the US and European interpretation of the controversial Article 15.   Weihuan Zhou and Delei …

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 …