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Comment: A US-China trade deal needs some balance and cooperation with US allies
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Comment: A US-China trade deal needs some balance and cooperation with US allies

The United States have tried to address long-standing trade concerns with China by using tariffs as a means to put pressure on Beijing. But tariffs won’t likely extract the concessions that Washington is hoping for. A different negotiating tactic involving a balanced agreement with China and cooperation with allies may …

The ‘delegated act’ aims to phase out biofuels that contribute of high levels to deforestation by 2030
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WTO case against new EU biofuels regime under way, say sources

“It will come. And soon,” a source close to the Indonesian government said when asked if and when Jakarta would file a dispute at the World Trade Organization in response to the EU’s new rules on biofuel mixes being released today (21 May). Tuesday was the final act of a …

Europe’s automobile industry is being challenged by firms such as Tesla
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Week in Brussels: How the EU battery alliance already permeates EU trade policy

On Thursday (2 May) Germany’s Peter Altmaier, France’s Bruno Le Maire and European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic formally launched the European Battery Alliance in Paris. The plan has been in the works in Brussels for almost two years and is the new face of European industrial policy. The aim …

The ECJ concluded that CETA contains sufficient safeguards to ensure the independence of the judges of the CETA tribunals
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ECJ green light to CETA investment court gives EU free rein on global stage

On Tuesday (April 30), the European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued its long-awaited opinion on the question raised by Belgium whether the investment court system (ICS), which encompasses a tribunal and appellate tribunal, is compatible with EU law. The approval of the ECJ not only removes the remaining obstacle for …

Brussels summit: EU and Japan to work on cyber, e-commerce and multilateralism
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Brussels summit: EU and Japan to work on cyber, e-commerce and multilateralism

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe reaffirmed his country’s commitment to multilateralism during a summit with European Union leaders ahead of a visit to Washington on Friday. He is also enlisting the EU in his government’s new digital initiatives. Japan is chairing the G20 this year – and is enrolling Europeans …

Week ahead in EU trade: Japan, WTO disputes
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Week ahead in EU trade: Japan, WTO disputes

The two main meetings to look for this week in EU trade are an EU-Japan summit and the next meeting of the WTO’s dispute settlement body. Japan’s premier Shinzo Abe will be in Brussels on Thursday (25 April). EU leaders are set to “take stock of the implementation of the …