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(What) a Week in Brussels: Trump, Airbus, CETA, no-deal Brexit

It’s as if everything absolutely had to happen before everyone goes on holiday: inking a deal with Japan, holding a summit with China that actually delivers on a joint statement, launching a WTO reform initiative, introducing steel safeguards, slapping dumping duties on electric bikes and making progress on Mercosur negotiations. …

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 …

WTO: EU drums up support for reform, US pushes agriculture discussions
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WTO: EU drums up support for reform, US pushes agriculture discussions

The EU’s proposals to overhaul the World Trade Organization are gaining traction among some if its leading members. The reform momentum, triggered by the Appellate Body member nomination crisis and the United States’ unilaterally imposed tariffs on steel and aluminium, appears to have elicited a US riposte with new proposals …

EU-Japan deal gets warm welcome, despite sense of unfinished business
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EU-Japan deal gets warm welcome, despite sense of unfinished business

The EU and Japan signed their long-awaited economic partnership agreement in Tokyo today. The deal was flanked by announcements that both sides had finalised work to recognise each other’s data privacy regimes – also called ‘adequacy decisions’ – to complement the trade agreement. The moves were well received in policy …

Section 232: US brings dispute on EU, Chinese ‘rebalancing’ measures to WTO
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Section 232: US brings dispute on EU, Chinese ‘rebalancing’ measures to WTO

Washington has hit back at five World Trade Organization members for “illegal” tariffs that were imposed on US products in response to the Trump administration’s decision to apply duties on foreign steel and aluminium. The US announcement today that it had filed five complaints targeting the EU, China, Canada, Mexico and …