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Comment: EU trade dispute settlement will increasingly go bilateral
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Comment: EU trade dispute settlement will increasingly go bilateral

Seeing that the World bTrade Organization survives, and that its dispute settlement function survives, remains independent and keeps is ‘bite’, is one of the EU’s current strategic priorities. In practice, the WTO dispute settlement system will weaken regardless of EU efforts to amend it, and the bloc will increasingly take …

EU, ASEAN seek to settle palm oil and human rights quarrel, upgrade relationship
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EU, ASEAN seek to settle palm oil and human rights quarrel, upgrade relationship

The EU and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations announced plans yesterday to upgrade their relationship to a ‘strategic partnership’. But palm oil and human rights disagreements continue to put sand in the wheels of the bilateral cooperation machinery. Strategic partner status tends to mean little in practice. For the …

The Trump administration has imposed on the EU additional duties on aluminium and steel imports
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A week in Brussels: EU industry says no to steel safeguards, India data adequacy, Brexit TRQs

This week’s top stories: Britain and services in the WTO, a big bazooka in the WTO’s dispute settlement body, a Japan deal at risk of falling victim to German and other social-democratic political decline, member states wrangling over rice imports from Myanmar and Cambodia. But also these stories here: Top …

Will commission break limbo on Myanmar and Cambodia rice safeguards?
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Will commission break limbo on Myanmar and Cambodia rice safeguards?

EU governments are split in the face of proposals by the European Commission to reapply import protections on rice from Cambodia and Myanmar following an import surge from these countries.  The two Asian countries, which qualify as least-developed countries, benefit from duty-free imports of rice under the EU’s General System …