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China and the EU: The contradictions of exercising joint trade leadership
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China and the EU: The contradictions of exercising joint trade leadership

The EU and China know they must work together to show leadership in matters of global trade and investment. But realising effective cooperation with trade partners to make the system more robust and to withstand the “disruptive bilateralism originating from Washington” is easier said than done, argues Jacques Pelkmans.

Beyond Brussels: G20 eyes bland trade consensus as US, China seek reset
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Beyond Brussels: G20 eyes bland trade consensus as US, China seek reset

Trade ministers from the world’s top 20 economies will gather today in the coastal Argentine town of Mar del Plata to discuss issues such as e-commerce and inclusive global value chains in the agricultural sector. But there can be little doubt that the $500 billion firestorm brewing between the US …

Passerelle between WIE and ASP building
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2019 elections won’t necessarily yield more protectionist EU Parliament, says think tank

With the current surge in anti-system parties with protectionist rhetoric, trade policy professionals might be forgiven for thinking that the next European Parliament could turn more hostile to trade liberalisation and trade agreements than the one whose legislature will end early next year. VoteWatch.EU, a think tank specialising in data-driven …

Malmström and Lighthizer aim for regulatory “early harvest”
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Malmström and Lighthizer aim for regulatory “early harvest”

Robert Lighthizer and Cecilia Malmström qualified their first formal meeting following the July Trump-Juncker trade truce as “constructive”. The two sides are trying to firm up the contours of a trade ‘deal’ to counter a potential descent into tit-for-tat tariff escalation after the United States imposed duties on steel and aluminium …