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The EU and Tunisia have many tough nuts to crack to before clinching an agreement
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Week Ahead in EU trade: EU-US gas trade, CETA investment court, Tunisia

One gets many ‘Out of Office’ messages these days: between Easter and the many coming holidays in May, including this week’s May Day, a large number of people take time off from work. Yet the policy churn continues. Below are the three main items to watch in EU trade this …

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 …

The EU’s list is part of a 15-year-old dispute involving over respective subsidies to Airbus and Boeing.
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EU spending its €20billion worth of tariffs on aircraft instead of autos?

The length of the list of United States products the European Commission released on Wednesday (17 April) for governments and businesses to consider as possible targets for retaliatory tariffs appeared surprisingly long to some trade observers. The list was released in response to the WTO’s recent finding that Washington had …

Abundant gas has been available since the US shale gas revolution
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Member states want to be consulted ahead of any EU-US negotiation suspension

The Council’s negotiating directives to the European Commission aim to ease the way towards negotiations with the United States on elimination of tariffs on goods and on conformity assessment. But will they make life easier for transatlantic negotiators? Not really. Member states mainly made amendments to the mandate on elimination …

The EU lost a major subsidy case in the WTO related to subsidies to Airbus
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Blog: Are Airbus-related US tariffs revenge for Boeing or standard operating procedure?

“Maybe it’s just another opportunity for President Trump to impose tariffs”, Chad Bown from the Peterson Institute of Economics tweeted in reference to the US’s decision to table tariffs on billions of Euros’ worth of European products. Robert McDougall, a former Canadian trade diplomat, retorted: “The announcement and eventual imposition …