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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 …

A week in Brussels: Negotiation mandates for US talks come with own threats to Washington
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A week in Brussels: Negotiation mandates for US talks come with own threats to Washington

The European Commission tabled draft mandates to member states today to allow it to start trade negotiations with the United States. The move comes following the trade truce between the White House and the commission reached last July and following a meeting between trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström and US Trade Representative …