Author: Jennifer Freedman

Beyond Brussels: Revised KORUS is hardly the ‘very big deal’ Trump claims it is
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Beyond Brussels: Revised KORUS is hardly the ‘very big deal’ Trump claims it is

Donald Trump signed his first major trade deal on Monday, an update to the US pact with Korea that the president called a “very big deal” that is “very, very good for American farmers”. More sober assessments are that the revisions to the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement are modest and …

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 …

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WTO: Some EU energy laws discriminate against Russia, but ‘unbundling’ is legal

Russia has lost its central argument in a four-year-old World Trade Organization complaint challenging the EU’s energy market laws: the right of the bloc to prevent a single company from owning both natural gas pipelines and distribution networks. The WTO ruled today that certain energy-supply measures imposed by the EU …

Week ahead in EU trade: Juncker-Trump, Mercosur, Brexit
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Week ahead in EU trade: Juncker-Trump, Mercosur, Brexit

Things are starting to wind down on the trade front before the summer recess. Some news – or at least official remarks, if not tweets – can be expected from European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s meeting with US President Donald Trump at the White House. Juncker will seek to sidestep …

The Trump administration has imposed on the EU additional duties on aluminium and steel imports
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Beyond Brussels: US WTO complaints against Section 232 retaliation – the arguments

The Trump administration’s trade complaints against import duties applied by Canada, China, the EU, Mexico and Turkey on US goods are short and sweet – and almost identical. Washington argues that the measures are discriminatory and, except in the case of Mexico, they exceed permitted duty rates. The US lodged …