North America

A week in Brussels Canada and CETA Internal EU politics Latest news United States

Week in Brussels: Biden effect on Northern Ireland, CETA, Netherlands and friends

It’s been one of those mega-weeks in trade again, culminating perhaps with Joe Biden beaming into  the European Council last night to say hello. Nothing concrete came out of this meeting. Official statements indicate this was mostly about bonding and setting lofty common goals such as working together on COVID-19 …

A week in Brussels Canada and CETA Coronavirus response Latest news Northern Ireland

Week in Brussels : MEP UK TCA walkout threat, Vaccine uproar, CETA in Ireland & France

Drift. That’s the best way to describe the week in European Union trade policy. European Parliament threatens EU UK TCA walkout A perpetual crisis over border checks in Northern Ireland is now a possibility, with this week’s UK decision to unilaterally extend  a grace period for intra-UK border checks until …

A week in Brussels Korea Latest news Mexico United States

Week in Brussels: Potential EU-US supply chain collaboration, Korea ILO, Mexico Global Agreement

Dombrovskis sees potential in EU-US supply chain resilience collaboration President Biden this week made headlines by announcing a review of the United States’ supply chains. Strategic dependencies on – namely but not only – China and other supply chain disruptions during the COVID-19 pandemic have had the US government focus …

Latest news United States

USTR nominee Katherine Tai wants to “land plane” with EU on Airbus-Boeing tariffs

During her confirmation hearing in the Senate the nominee to become the next United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai offered a general direction of travel for the Biden administration’s trade policy but hardly gave answers on specifics. Katherine Tai said she was pursuing a “worker-centred” trade policy – that also …