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Analysis: Doubts, ambivalence and slack – Ukraine’s free trade deal with Brussels
EU FTAs & bilateral ties Ukraine, Russia & CIS

Analysis: Doubts, ambivalence and slack – Ukraine’s free trade deal with Brussels

[sh_light_text ]Kiev and Brussels are adamant both parties will soon sign their long-planned Association Agreement. Yet President-elect Petro Poroshenko sowed confusion early last week when he asked for some extra time before putting down his signature. Kiev’s ensuing reassurances hardly mask the fact that questions linger regarding the real benefits …

Blog: Ukraine – EU, waiting for the free trade deal sign-off
Ukraine, Russia & CIS

Blog: Ukraine – EU, waiting for the free trade deal sign-off

This week was marked by contradictory headlines from Ukraine. The newly elected president, Europe-friendly Petro Poroshenko, asked for a delay before signing the long-planned Association Agreement with the EU, which involves a “deep and comprehensive ” free trade deal (DCFTA), and towards which negotiations were finalised in 2012.  Other statements from Ukraine followed saying Kyiv was ready …

Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) planned as political bloc according to Kazakh official
Ukraine, Russia & CIS

Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) planned as political bloc according to Kazakh official

[sh_light_text ]This Friday, Russia – the European Union (EU)’s third largest trading partner – is due to sign a treaty that creates an Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) with Kazakhstan and Belarus. The treaty will come into effect on January 1, 2015 and builds on the customs union between the three countries, in force since 2010. Now-ousted Ukrainian President Yanukovich’s refusal …

Trade defence Ukraine, Russia & CIS

Analysis: Antidumping duties on EU vehicles: competitive pressures in the Russian car market

The EU requested a WTO dispute settlement consultation on Russia’s antidumping duties. The move was announced yesterday. The case reveals several interesting facts about Russia’s economy and car sector.   The rising number of dispute settlement cases at the WTO initiated by both the EU and Russia is often perceived as geopolitical. Indeed, the case coincides …

Comment: Canada-EU CETA – what’s left to be done and why it matters
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Comment: Canada-EU CETA – what’s left to be done and why it matters

The Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) won’t solve Europe’s energy woes nor end Canada’s reliance on the American market. But both sides have plenty to lose if the agreement is left to languish. Very importantly, CETA sets a new bar for managing investor-state relations. If CETA’s extra specification …

EU-Africa Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations – ways out of the looming impasse?
EU FTAs & bilateral ties

EU-Africa Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations – ways out of the looming impasse?

[sh_light_text ]Europe’s drive to conclude the long-standing Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations with sub-Saharan Africa could fail. Its bargaining position is weakening visibly as an economically dynamic African continent is being courted by China, India, Brazil and the United States. This complicates the already complex relationships with partners who still …

Analysis: EU-India free trade agreement: can it be revived?
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Analysis: EU-India free trade agreement: can it be revived?

[sh_light_text ]Despite talks of a potential revival of the stalled Europe-India free trade negotiations after the general elections in India this month, its chances remain very low. Blockages in India’s investment policy and the European Union’s reluctance to open its doors to Indian professionals in the information technology sector will be hard …