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The European Commission blocked the merger of ThyssenKrupp and Tata Steel
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Auto vs steel industry battle intensifies over import safeguard

The European Union is reviewing a safeguard it introduced earlier in 2019 to relieve steel producers from inexpensive imports in a market it feared would be flooded by cheap products in the aftermath of the US’s Section 232 steel import restrictions. The measure pits embattled European steel producers against the …

What the UK’s auto sector makes of prospects for a trade pact with Washington
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What the UK’s auto sector makes of prospects for a trade pact with Washington

The British automobile industry is failing to muster much excitement about the prospect of a bilateral trade deal with its second-largest export market, the United States. This is mainly because of the likely consequences of any such deal for trade with its number one market, the European Union. Sense of …

Long read – Self reliance: the emerging EU trade policy trend in a hostile world
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Long read – Self reliance: the emerging EU trade policy trend in a hostile world

The European Commission no longer seems to trust global norms, fora or rule-making negotiations to uphold its interests in digital, competition, industry and trade policy. In fact many norms hardly exist and won’t likely emerge so quickly. The EU’s executive arm has been rethinking its policy toolkit and is seeking …

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 …

Oceania, US cheese producers riled by new Danish Havarti cheese protection
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Oceania, US cheese producers riled by new Danish Havarti cheese protection

A Danish cheese is at the centre of the latest international controversy over EU policy on Geographical Indications. A European Commission committee has cleared the way for ‘Havarti’ – a semi-soft Danish cow’s milk cheese – to be recognised as a Protected Geographical Indication, joining almost 3,400 other regional products …

Week Ahead in EU Trade: EU elections, EU-US, OECD ministerial, Ukraine
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Week Ahead in EU Trade: EU elections, EU-US, OECD ministerial, Ukraine

This week will mainly be about the European Union digesting Donald Trump’s decision to postpone slapping tariffs on imported autos for six months to seek a deal with Brussels and Tokyo on restricting imports. EU-US and OECD trade ministerial Trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström reacted quickly on Friday (17 May) on …