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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 …

Section 232: US brings dispute on EU, Chinese ‘rebalancing’ measures to WTO
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Section 232: US brings dispute on EU, Chinese ‘rebalancing’ measures to WTO

Washington has hit back at five World Trade Organization members for “illegal” tariffs that were imposed on US products in response to the Trump administration’s decision to apply duties on foreign steel and aluminium. The US announcement today that it had filed five complaints targeting the EU, China, Canada, Mexico and …

Week ahead in EU trade: Mercosur, New Zealand, Brexit, China, Japan, Appellate Body
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Week ahead in EU trade: Mercosur, New Zealand, Brexit, China, Japan, Appellate Body

This is a week of summits and negotiations: the EU will start talks with New Zealand, continue discussions with Mercosur and hold high-level meetings with China and Japan (delayed from last week). And toward the end of the week, when the World Trade Organization’s Dispute Settlement Body meets, we might …

Week ahead in EU trade: INTA, trilogue, Japan, TRQs, China, Indonesia
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Week ahead in EU trade: INTA, trilogue, Japan, TRQs, China, Indonesia

The next two weeks are notable for all the rounds of trade negotiations: the EU will hold talks with China and Indonesia this week and then with Mercosur and New Zealand next week. In between, EU and Japanese officials will sign their economic partnership and strategic partnership agreements. But perhaps …

Beyond Brussels: As WTO sounds the alarm about protectionism, new US and Chinese tariffs kick in
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Beyond Brussels: As WTO sounds the alarm about protectionism, new US and Chinese tariffs kick in

US tariffs on Chinese goods kicked in today. So did Chinese duties on US products. Chalk up at least another two trade restrictions that will be added to the World Trade Organization’s next semi-annual listing of barriers erected by Group of 20 economies.   Earlier this week, the WTO issued …

EU tears down trade barriers as Russia and China erect them
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EU tears down trade barriers as Russia and China erect them

European companies exported an additional €4.8 billion in goods and services last year thanks to the removal of a record number of trade barriers, the European Commission says. But EU exporters noted a dramatic increase in protectionism in 2017, as trade partners including China, Russia and South Africa created more …