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Opinion: EU Trump-era FTA-turbo-charge rings hollow
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Opinion: EU Trump-era FTA-turbo-charge rings hollow

Current Brussels talk about turbo-charging bilateral free trade negotiations rings hollow. In 2017, less is more, opines Iana Dreyer.   EU member state trade ministers met in sunny Valletta, the capital of the Mediterranean island of Malta, the country that holds the rotating presidency, on Friday (3 March 2017). The …

Brexit & UK trade Internal EU politics UK-EU negotiations

MEPs see scope for change in EU trade negotiation positions post Brexit

The European Parliament’s trade committee has undertaken a first appraisal of the possible effects of the United Kingdom’s departure from the EU on the EU’s common commercial policy. MEPs see some changes ahead in the politics of the EU27 bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations and also want the EU to …

Internal EU politics

ECJ gives Commission exclusive power to sign copyright pact under the EU’s commercial policy

This week, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) opined that the EU is exclusively competent to conclude the 2009 Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled.   Though the matter of the treaty itself is non commercial, the court ruled …

CETA Internal EU politics

CETA vote divides Dutch, Polish, Belgian mainstream MEPs

Data on the European Parliament’s vote consenting to the Comprehensive Economic and Partnership Agreement with Canada released today reveal emerging new fractures in Europe’s political groups as pro-trade mainstream parties saw a rise in votes against the pact.     The vote on CETA held in Strasbourg on Wednesday (15 February 2017) wielded less …