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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 …

Fruits and vegetables. Carrots, raspberries, kiwi, melon, cherry tomatoes, grapes
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New EU agriculture coalition turns its fire on FTAs

A cross-sector coalition of agricultural industry groups has launched a new body dedicated to protecting European agricultural markets by focusing mainly on concerns over production standards in exporting countries. The Alliance for the Defence of European Agriculture – ADEA – was created in Brussels late last week, bringing together farm …

Week in Brussels: Andean community, EU-US cheese GIs war, Singapore FTA in Karlsruhe
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Week in Brussels: Andean community, EU-US cheese GIs war, Singapore FTA in Karlsruhe

This column was written with input from Chris Horseman. This has been an eventful week, with EU-US trade frictions, e-commerce, Mercosur, the Energy Charter Treaty, Australia and New Zealand,  and WTO fish talks featuring high on the agenda. Below are other notable developments. Andean countries safeguard commodities exports to UK …

The EU and Tunisia have many tough nuts to crack to before clinching an agreement
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Week Ahead in EU trade: EU-US gas trade, CETA investment court, Tunisia

One gets many ‘Out of Office’ messages these days: between Easter and the many coming holidays in May, including this week’s May Day, a large number of people take time off from work. Yet the policy churn continues. Below are the three main items to watch in EU trade this …

Brexit anxiety continues this week
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Week ahead in EU trade: EU-US, China, Chile, Tunisia, E-commerce

April could see a slowdown in decision-making in trade policy in Brussels. But this does not mean there will be less anxiety over two major files: EU-US trade relations and Brexit. In April we will also see new developments on EU-Chile and EU-Tunisia trade negotiations and on e-commerce. Continued EU-US, …