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Week in Brussels: China deal furore, US suspends French digital tax duties, chides Italian taxes

This has been overall quiet and very cold week on the Brussels trade beat. Trade negotiators appear to have taken a bit of a breather after their Christmas break was upended due to historic trade and investment agreements with the United Kingdom and China being concluded at the very last …

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US extends scope of Airbus sanctions, activates digital tax retaliation against France

The outgoing Trump administration has made what could be its final contribution to transatlantic trade relations by extending its existing ‘Airbus’ sanctions on EU imports to a range of additional products. It is also imposing a new set of sanctions against French products as a riposte against France’s new digital …

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Week in Brussels: Strategic plan, lobster deal, EP on TPR, Australia, Mercosur

Good afternoon, an overview of interesting trade policy developments in Brussels this week. 35% of EU exports to be covered by trade agreements in 2024 and other strategic objectives The European Commission’s trade directorate released its 2020 ‘Strategic Plan’ this week. The document spells out how the body will approach …