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Commentary: Italy’s new government risks undermining EU unity on trade and investment
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Commentary: Italy’s new government risks undermining EU unity on trade and investment

Italy’s new coalition government is pushing a protectionist agenda that puts national sovereignty at the centre and may well set the country on a collision course with Brussels, Berlin and Paris, argues Nicola Casarini. The new government in Rome is promoting ‘Italy First’, a set of policies that may undermine …

Commentary: AfCFTA has great potential, but road ahead may be long and bumpy
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Commentary: AfCFTA has great potential, but road ahead may be long and bumpy

The African Continental Free Trade Area promises to be a boon for African nations and their trade partners, but the road to the successful implementation of the AfCFTA remains long, argue Kholofelo Kugler and Hanna Deringer. Schedules of commitments on tariff reductions and services remain unfinished, they say, and accommodating …

Comment: Hard decisions ahead for UK on future trading arrangements
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Comment: Hard decisions ahead for UK on future trading arrangements

With few countries running to the UK offering to open their markets, growing nationalist populism and authoritarianism across Europe, and protectionism on the rise domestically, Britain faces some tough choices on how to move forward with its trading arrangements. The UK may do better to seek a new customs union …

Comment: For Sweden, EEA is least risky post-Brexit option
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Comment: For Sweden, EEA is least risky post-Brexit option

Britain’s exit from the European Union will have a negative effect on EU member states’ opportunities to trade with the UK. This is why damage control will be of paramount importance, say Anna Stellinger and Oscar Wåglund Söderström of Sweden’s National Board of Trade. From a Swedish perspective, the best solution would …

Comment: Trump’s cartoon-strip caricatures of EU threaten transatlantic ties
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Comment: Trump’s cartoon-strip caricatures of EU threaten transatlantic ties

President Donald Trump’s anti-EU views are a dangerous departure from established US foreign policy and a threat to transatlantic trade relations, argues Anthony Gardner.   Some 16 months into the Trump administration, one can predict that US-EU relations will be significantly damaged. President Donald Trump’s own statements make clear that …

Multilateral investment court: State of play at the UN
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Multilateral investment court: State of play at the UN

The UNCITRAL-hosted reform process of investor-state dispute settlement launched last November in Vienna is dominated by the EU, Canada and Mauritius. It is a process driven by governments and less by experts, with countries like the US and Japan finding themselves in a minority. Nikos Lavranos reports back on a …