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China and the EU: The contradictions of exercising joint trade leadership
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China and the EU: The contradictions of exercising joint trade leadership

The EU and China know they must work together to show leadership in matters of global trade and investment. But realising effective cooperation with trade partners to make the system more robust and to withstand the “disruptive bilateralism originating from Washington” is easier said than done, argues Jacques Pelkmans.

Beyond Brussels: G20 eyes bland trade consensus as US, China seek reset
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Beyond Brussels: G20 eyes bland trade consensus as US, China seek reset

Trade ministers from the world’s top 20 economies will gather today in the coastal Argentine town of Mar del Plata to discuss issues such as e-commerce and inclusive global value chains in the agricultural sector. But there can be little doubt that the $500 billion firestorm brewing between the US …

Redefining a ‘regional’ trade deal: Britain’s post-Brexit push to join CPTPP
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Redefining a ‘regional’ trade deal: Britain’s post-Brexit push to join CPTPP

One of the more eye-catching aspects of the UK government’s recently launched consultation on its post-Brexit trading future was its stated ambition to ‘potentially’ join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, known as CPTPP. The 11-nation pact was identified as a priority for the UK in negotiating new …

Commentary: Italy’s new government risks undermining EU unity on trade and investment
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Commentary: Italy’s new government risks undermining EU unity on trade and investment

Italy’s new coalition government is pushing a protectionist agenda that puts national sovereignty at the centre and may well set the country on a collision course with Brussels, Berlin and Paris, argues Nicola Casarini. The new government in Rome is promoting ‘Italy First’, a set of policies that may undermine …

Commentary: EU-Japan EPA will help diversify foreign investments
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Commentary: EU-Japan EPA will help diversify foreign investments

As the EU and Japan work to diversify their investments and find growth overseas, the economic partnership agreement that was signed in Tokyo yesterday is a step in that process, writes Hosuk Lee-Makiyama.   The speaking points often mention that the newly signed EU-Japan economic partnership agreement is the largest …