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Week in Brussels: Trade Valentine, US auto tariffs, low-risk ILUC
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Week in Brussels: Trade Valentine, US auto tariffs, low-risk ILUC

There’s been loads of trade love going on in the twittosphere this week…. Alas, trade is largely a loveless type of environment…. A former European Commission negotiator once said that trade negotiations are “as unsentimental as war”. He said this from his experience in office in the middle of the …

EP: Singapore trade pact does less well than EPA with Japan, better than CETA
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EP: Singapore trade pact does less well than EPA with Japan, better than CETA

The European Parliament gave its assent to the EU Singapore free trade agreement, to a separate investment protection agreement, and to a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement today. The trade pact did less well than the EU Japan Economic Partnership Agreement voted in last December. The Singapore FTA received 425 votes …

Cambodia: Is the EU serious about human rights or is it just fending off a new competitor?
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Cambodia: Is the EU serious about human rights or is it just fending off a new competitor?

The EU is threatening to suspend imports from Cambodia due to human and labour right violations. But the products under discussion for suspension are precisely those where the EU has a track record of entrenched protectionism.  This looks like a clear case of double standards, opines Iana Dreyer.

A week in Brussels: EU US, China regulations, Swiss vs Lux steel, Mercosur
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A week in Brussels: EU US, China regulations, Swiss vs Lux steel, Mercosur

It’s been an intense week on the Brexit front as European Union free trade agreements start being rolled over and gradually transformed by exiting Britain, and ‘No Deal’ Brexit is keeping EU agribusiness awake at night.  Loads in our Brexit section here. Transatlantic, Vietnam and the EU’s own sneaky protections …