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Opinion: New European trade strategy needs rethink in global value chain world
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Opinion: New European trade strategy needs rethink in global value chain world

The EU Commission has recently announced there will a new trade policy strategy this autumn. Corinne Vadcar, a Paris-based trade analyst, writes that a completely new approach to trade policy is needed. European trade policy cannot only be about negotiating trade agreements, but about making Europe’s domestic and international economic policies more coherent and helping SMEs join …

Comment: EU-China trade and investment files – another five years of impasse?
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Comment: EU-China trade and investment files – another five years of impasse?

In a speech to the Brussels business community, Cecilia Malmström set out the European Commission’s approach to China. The trade commissioner’s talk indicates there will likely not be much change in the way Brussels deals with the giant Asian country. European businesses wanting the EU to open more markets in China for them might …

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Comment: G20 and protectionism: What’s there to (really) worry about?

[sh_light_text ]Has G20 protectionism been talked up too much? The latest World Trade Organization (WTO) report, published jointly with the OECD, on trade restrictive measures in the G20 group of leading industrial economies and emerging markets,  reveals that protectionism has not significantly been on the rise. Yet there are ‘murky’ areas of …