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Comment: How Paris is planning to secure CETA’s ratification
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Comment: How Paris is planning to secure CETA’s ratification

The French government announced an ‘action plan’ on the EU Canada CETA agreement on Wednesday (25 October 2017).   A deep dive into the 20-page document reveals how Macron’s government is manoeuvring to make highly contested trade agreements back home palatable to his party base and the electorate when it puts …

Comment – It’s time to face up to the prospect of Brexit Armageddon
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Comment – It’s time to face up to the prospect of Brexit Armageddon

  Britain is heading straight into the ‘cliff edge’ scenario. It’s time for both Britain and the EU to significantly change tack before it’s too late and Armageddon sets in, argues Iana Dreyer.   Both the United Kingdom and the European Union are aiming for a “smooth” and “orderly” withdrawal …

COMMENT – Trade defence: waiving lesser duty rule won’t buy more protection
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COMMENT – Trade defence: waiving lesser duty rule won’t buy more protection

The European Parliament and the member states are about to launch trilogue negotiations on the modernisation of trade defence instruments, a package of reform measures launched almost four years ago. Christofer Fjellner asks whether one of the reforms’ central planks, lifting a so-called lesser duty rule, will really offer more …