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Ursula Von Der Leyen said that the EU's challenges included 'globalisation, digitalisation and climate change'.
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Week in Brussels: Ideas market bids for Commission attention

The ritual early September rentrée week in Brussels was all about who will get which jobs in the incoming European Commission. There is a sense that the European Union is at a historically critical juncture. Preoccupations centre on transatlantic relations, China, US-China, Brexit and populism. This is set to have …

EU capitals and parliament eye Mercosur, China, Vietnam, US and Brexit as trade priorities
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EU capitals and parliament eye Mercosur, China, Vietnam, US and Brexit as trade priorities

The incoming European Commission plans to put the fight against climate change front and centre in its next five-year tenure. But signs are the EU’s executive arm will be squeezed in between capitals – many of which might want to go slow on controversial files such as a carbon border …

Week in Brussels: The French, CETA and Mercosur, treating UK as EU, recess reminder
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Week in Brussels: The French, CETA and Mercosur, treating UK as EU, recess reminder

Dear readers, this is the last Week in Brussels column before our summer recess. The next Week in Brussels column will appear on 30 August 2019. We will publish very sparingly over the next two weeks due to the general recess period in relevant European and international trade institutions. Here …

Long read – Self reliance: the emerging EU trade policy trend in a hostile world
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Long read – Self reliance: the emerging EU trade policy trend in a hostile world

The European Commission no longer seems to trust global norms, fora or rule-making negotiations to uphold its interests in digital, competition, industry and trade policy. In fact many norms hardly exist and won’t likely emerge so quickly. The EU’s executive arm has been rethinking its policy toolkit and is seeking …

Brexit Task Force’s deputy to lead trade department of European Commission
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Brexit Task Force’s deputy to lead trade department of European Commission

Sabine Weyand is to become next Director General for Trade, replacing the Frenchman Jean-Luc Demarty. Ms Weyand will lead the European Union’s trade bureaucracy after almost three years in a strategic post as deputy to the European Commission’s Article 50 Task force, the team that negotiated a ‘withdrawal agreement’ with …