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Comment: WTO crisis, Trump, and the EU’s credibility challenge
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Comment: WTO crisis, Trump, and the EU’s credibility challenge

The EU is struggling to find a consistent, coherent and efficient strategy approach to the US administration’s choking off of the World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body and to its unilateral tariffs on steel and aluminium.   There is a lot of back-and-forth in the background – both in Brussels and …

EU in quest for a Trump trade strategy
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EU in quest for a Trump trade strategy

There’s an eerie silence in the EU institutions around the current ‘negotiations’ with the Donald Trump administration over the issue of exempting the EU permanently from planned tariffs on aluminium and steel under Section 232. Even the European Parliament hasn’t been updated with the latest developments.   The silence stands …

WTO: EU, Japan join US in China IP case – while fending off own US tariff threats
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WTO: EU, Japan join US in China IP case – while fending off own US tariff threats

The EU and Japan are joining the United States in a World Trade Organization dispute against China’s intellectual property practices. On Wednesday, the EU and Japan filed a request to join consultations – a preliminary phase in a legal dispute – initiated by Washington.   Despite facing, as political allies, …

EU may join US in trade challenge against Chinese IP practices
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EU may join US in trade challenge against Chinese IP practices

Reports that the European Union is “closely examining” possible World Trade Organization complaints against China for its policies and practices on intellectual property come as little surprise, as the EU just last week told a WTO committee that it was concerned about Beijing’s technology licensing requirements.   US President Donald …

EU palm oil plans crop up in WTO
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EU palm oil plans crop up in WTO

On Monday, seven World Trade Organization members raised concerns about the EU’s new Renewable Energy Directive during a goods committee meeting.   In January, the European Parliament voted to ban palm oil from the bloc’s targets for consumption of renewable energy for transport by 2021, in a shift away from earlier …