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Beyond Brussels: Venezuelan WTO challenge is latest to touch national security issue
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Beyond Brussels: Venezuelan WTO challenge is latest to touch national security issue

Venezuela struck back this week against US sanctions targeting the government of President Nicolás Maduro, filing a World Trade Organization complaint that accuses Washington of imposing “coercive trade-restrictive measures on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the context of attempts to isolate Venezuela economically”. The dispute is the latest touching …

A week in Brussels: BDI blasts US-EU trade talk format, trilateral, farm exports
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A week in Brussels: BDI blasts US-EU trade talk format, trilateral, farm exports

This week has mainly been about everyone getting back to work. The EU’s top priority is the transatlantic relationship. Trade chief Cecilia Malmström, visiting Washington in the early days of January, signals just that. But were there actually any new developments this week on the planned trade deals? Not really, as …

Brexit Notes: Transatlantic trigonometry post-Brexit
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Brexit Notes: Transatlantic trigonometry post-Brexit

Despite their prime importance for Europe, Britain and the United States, there’s been little deep thinking about the future of transatlantic relations post-Brexit, both at the geostrategic level and at the more mundane economic level. But that is bound to change.  In Britain, the focus after the 2016 referendum has mainly …

EU-US: Commission presses ahead with two negotiation mandates
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EU-US: Commission presses ahead with two negotiation mandates

The European Commission is expected to table two negotiation mandate proposals for EU member states to greenlight in the coming weeks following a bilateral meeting between trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström and her counterpart Robert Lighthizer in Washington. The bilateral gathering was a follow-up to a summit between US President Donald …

Privacy Shield: Commission issues Feb 2019 deadline for permanent US Ombudsman
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Privacy Shield: Commission issues Feb 2019 deadline for permanent US Ombudsman

The European Commission is stepping up pressure on the Trump administration to fully comply with the 2016 Privacy Shield, a framework agreement that allows certified US companies to transfer personal data from EU-based citizens to the United States. The move follows on an annual review process held this autumn (see …

Beyond Brussels: WTO paints bleak trade outlook ahead of G20 summit
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Beyond Brussels: WTO paints bleak trade outlook ahead of G20 summit

It comes as little surprise that the World Trade Organization expects global merchandise trade to continue decelerating in the coming months – but it’s bad news, nonetheless. Mounting trade tensions, tighter credit conditions in key markets and waning business confidence have caused export orders to fall, the WTO said in …

Beyond Brussels: US Section 301 report highlights on China
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Beyond Brussels: US Section 301 report highlights on China

The latest US report detailing Chinese policies involving the transfer of technology, intellectual property and innovation is full of “groundless accusations”, according to China’s Ministry of Commerce. The update, which stems from the Trump administration’s Section 301 investigation, was released a day after the US proposed stepping up scrutiny of …