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Trade defence – member states release contours of new EU regulation
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Trade defence – member states release contours of new EU regulation

Member states green-lighted a legislative compromise on a long-standing trade defence instrument reform package initiated in 2013.   Last December the Council, European Commission and European Parliament reached a final political compromise after a lengthy trilogue negotiation process.   The final text is expected to be adopted by EU legislators …

Week ahead in EU trade: US, Mexico, investment, Commonwealth, Australia
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Week ahead in EU trade: US, Mexico, investment, Commonwealth, Australia

This week, the the policy churn in Brussels will mainly be about what to do about Donald Trump’s trade policies. Some progress might be made when the EU and Mexico sit down for another negotiating round aimed at updating their trade deal, and European lawmakers in Strasbourg will vote on a …

A week in Brussels: Malmström grilled in Paris, aluminium forum
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A week in Brussels: Malmström grilled in Paris, aluminium forum

It’s been mainly a week of background shuffling on Trump tariffs in the EU. Here some other interesting bits of news of interest to our readers.   Macron party takes on Malmström on FTAs   Trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström was in Paris on Tuesday doing the rounds on trade policy, …

Beyond Brussels: Trump targets ‘brutal’ EU in speech to farm-state officials
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Beyond Brussels: Trump targets ‘brutal’ EU in speech to farm-state officials

US President Donald Trump’s decision to study rejoining Trans-Pacific Partnership talks and his suggestion that a trade war with China could be averted if Beijing opened its market to more American goods grabbed the headlines yesterday. But he also had a few things to say – none of them very …

EU in quest for a Trump trade strategy
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EU in quest for a Trump trade strategy

There’s an eerie silence in the EU institutions around the current ‘negotiations’ with the Donald Trump administration over the issue of exempting the EU permanently from planned tariffs on aluminium and steel under Section 232. Even the European Parliament hasn’t been updated with the latest developments.   The silence stands …

Deng: Double whammy of EU steel safeguards and US duties would be ‘disaster’ for Taiwan
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Deng: Double whammy of EU steel safeguards and US duties would be ‘disaster’ for Taiwan

A decision by the EU to slap safeguards on foreign steel would have severe repercussions in Taiwan, whose exports of the alloy to the US are already subject to 25% duties, says Taiwan’s top trade negotiator. Without an exemption from the US tariffs – something Taiwan has tried and failed to …

Week ahead in EU trade: Mexico, TPC deputies, WTO, Malmström
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Week ahead in EU trade: Mexico, TPC deputies, WTO, Malmström

Beyond the brewing trade battle between the US and China that has encompassed many economies around the world, including the EU, (in case you missed it, see our latest story here) it was relatively quiet on the European trade front last week. But things are slowly starting to rev up …

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A week in Brussels: Culture goods, procurement, Sri Lanka

This week was comparatively quiet. It was Easter, after all.   There’s been some movement on the wider global trade war front. Don’t forget to read up on our two articles here and here. The headlines of these articles’ may say ‘China’ or ‘Japan’, but the pieces include a lot …

Beyond Brussels: US-China trade clash escalates as Trump ups ante
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Beyond Brussels: US-China trade clash escalates as Trump ups ante

With global fears mounting that the US-China trade dispute will escalate into a full-blown trade war, a softer tone from senior officials in both countries this week suggesting that the standoff could be resolved through negotiations came as welcome news around the world. Both sides seemed ready to take a …