Author: Jennifer Freedman

Trade wars: Trump’s national security argument to rock global trading system
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Trade wars: Trump’s national security argument to rock global trading system

A World Trade Organization case against the United States’ Section 232 steel and aluminium tariffs is bound to rock the global trading system, writes Jennifer Freedman.   Despite President Donald Trump’s claim that US duties on foreign steel and aluminium would safeguard American jobs and revive domestic industry, there is …

Week ahead in EU trade: BITS ruling, Brexit guidelines, steel
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Week ahead in EU trade: BITS ruling, Brexit guidelines, steel

With things suspiciously quiet on both the Mercosur and Mexico trade talk fronts, the biggest news concerning Brussels this week may be coming from Luxembourg, where the Court of Justice rules on the legality of intra-EU bilateral investment treaties. The week’s headlines will most likely be dominated by the looming …

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 …

US Section 232 remedies seen as threat to EU aluminium, steel sectors
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US Section 232 remedies seen as threat to EU aluminium, steel sectors

US proposals on how to punish foreign steel and aluminium exporters for unfair trade practices miss the point and would do more harm than good, European Aluminium says.   Global excess capacity – specifically in China – is the “root cause of the main challenges” that the aluminium industry faces …

Week ahead in EU trade: Indonesia, Mercosur, Brexit, ‘conflict’ minerals, Vietnam
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Week ahead in EU trade: Indonesia, Mercosur, Brexit, ‘conflict’ minerals, Vietnam

It’s going to be a packed week in Brussels, with everything from continuing trade talks with Mercosur and Indonesia and a new round of Brexit negotiations. And the European Parliament’s trade committee will also have a couple of busy days this week.   EU, Indonesia to exchange tariff offers   …