Nobody will have missed the news of European Council president Charles Michel’s solo trip to China on Thursday. The trip revealed the EU’s entrenched internal rifts over China. It can be read as the post-pandemic restart of a very difficult domestic European conversation about China.
Following the various successes achieved at this summer’s 12th ministerial conference the WTO has rapidly reverted to a status which has become rather more familiar over recent years – political stalemate.
The big news this week is the government making it official that it is dropping its previous focus on bilateral free trade agreement. Here other notable developments.
EU member states today agreed on their common position on the European Commission’s legislative proposal on corporate sustainability due diligence which will oblige companies operating in Europe to undertake human rights, labour and environmental due diligence across their supply chains. This comes at the price of giving room for the …
Germany is the first among the ‘big’ EU member states to be on track to ratify the trade agreement with Canada commonly known as CETA. The country’s parliament’s ratification approval today comes after years of domestic debate and many misgivings in Germany about the trade agreement – in particular its …
Recent political debates show that British politicians are finally starting to grasp the nature of trade-offs inherent in trade policy whilst stakeholders eye a future Labour government for change in policy direction.
The United Kingdom is to make a strategic shift away from pursuing new free trade agreements and will place more emphasis on making trade relationships work more effectively on the ground. This is in essence what the country’s international trade secretary said on Wednesday (30 November).
The EU won single-handedly its legal case brought against Indonesia’s export ban on nickel in a panel ruling released today. But Indonesia is expected to ignore the ruling and appeal the case to a non-existing appellate body at the WTO in Geneva.
The United Kingdom has signed a new digital trade agreement with Ukraine, following a lightning-fast three months of negotiations.
EU legislators are facing an uphill battle to conclude negotiations on the proposed carbon border adjustment mechanism before a year-end deadline. The European Parliament’s environment committee chair Pascal Canfin said there was a “long way to go” to reach agreement on the scheme.