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Comment: Labour mobility – EU neighbourhood policy’s new approach wrong-footed
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Comment: Labour mobility – EU neighbourhood policy’s new approach wrong-footed

Ahead of important EU meetings this week, namely the Riga Summit with Eastern partners and a new round of trade talks with Morocco, here a long-read on why one of the cornerstones of the EU’s neighbourhood policy overhaul – to limit migration – is flawed economically, politically, and morally.  The text explains why the EU must be much …

EU ban on Crimean goods ahead of free trade accord won’t crimp Ukrainian exports
Ukraine, Russia & CIS

EU ban on Crimean goods ahead of free trade accord won’t crimp Ukrainian exports

[sh_light_text ]The European Union’s (EU) Council decision on Monday to exclude the annexed peninsula Crimea from trade benefits granted to Ukraine probably won’t significantly affect the country’s exports to Europe. The greater threat stems from instability in eastern Ukraine, which is part of the country’s industrial heartland. Brussels and Kiev are expected …

Analysis: Doubts, ambivalence and slack – Ukraine’s free trade deal with Brussels
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Analysis: Doubts, ambivalence and slack – Ukraine’s free trade deal with Brussels

[sh_light_text ]Kiev and Brussels are adamant both parties will soon sign their long-planned Association Agreement. Yet President-elect Petro Poroshenko sowed confusion early last week when he asked for some extra time before putting down his signature. Kiev’s ensuing reassurances hardly mask the fact that questions linger regarding the real benefits …

Blog: Ukraine – EU, waiting for the free trade deal sign-off
Ukraine, Russia & CIS

Blog: Ukraine – EU, waiting for the free trade deal sign-off

This week was marked by contradictory headlines from Ukraine. The newly elected president, Europe-friendly Petro Poroshenko, asked for a delay before signing the long-planned Association Agreement with the EU, which involves a “deep and comprehensive ” free trade deal (DCFTA), and towards which negotiations were finalised in 2012.  Other statements from Ukraine followed saying Kyiv was ready …