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A Week in Brussels: Trump tariff update, investment screening, Mercosur
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A Week in Brussels: Trump tariff update, investment screening, Mercosur

It’s been one of those weeks again. On trade: a round of talks with Indonesia, discussions on Mercosur, packed meetings in the European Parliament, Brexit and transatlantic issues all over. The EU Japan EPA’s signature ceremony was postponed to next Tuesday in Tokyo. Below other highlights. Juncker meeting with Donald …

Beyond Brussels: As WTO sounds the alarm about protectionism, new US and Chinese tariffs kick in
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Beyond Brussels: As WTO sounds the alarm about protectionism, new US and Chinese tariffs kick in

US tariffs on Chinese goods kicked in today. So did Chinese duties on US products. Chalk up at least another two trade restrictions that will be added to the World Trade Organization’s next semi-annual listing of barriers erected by Group of 20 economies.   Earlier this week, the WTO issued …

A week in Brussels: Australia, Gattaz, Brexit parachute
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A week in Brussels: Australia, Gattaz, Brexit parachute

The EU is transfixed by the trade war with the United States. This week was comparatively quiet in terms of trade meetings or negotiations – but the next couple of weeks will be packed.   This week we’ve written on what World Trade Organization members have been telling the US …

Commentary: AfCFTA has great potential, but road ahead may be long and bumpy
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Commentary: AfCFTA has great potential, but road ahead may be long and bumpy

The African Continental Free Trade Area promises to be a boon for African nations and their trade partners, but the road to the successful implementation of the AfCFTA remains long, argue Kholofelo Kugler and Hanna Deringer. Schedules of commitments on tariff reductions and services remain unfinished, they say, and accommodating …

Beyond Brussels: WTO ruling on tobacco packaging may have domino effect on food, drinks
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Beyond Brussels: WTO ruling on tobacco packaging may have domino effect on food, drinks

Australia’s landmark win over Big Tobacco at the World Trade Organization paves the way for other countries to roll out similar laws requiring plain packaging for cigarettes and cigars. Yesterday’s ruling could also have implications for alcohol, sugary drinks and junk food packaging.   WTO judges concluded in an 800-page …

Comment: Hard decisions ahead for UK on future trading arrangements
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Comment: Hard decisions ahead for UK on future trading arrangements

With few countries running to the UK offering to open their markets, growing nationalist populism and authoritarianism across Europe, and protectionism on the rise domestically, Britain faces some tough choices on how to move forward with its trading arrangements. The UK may do better to seek a new customs union …