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Energy Charter Treaty: Withdrawing is worse than signing up to reformed deal

Poland, Spain and The Netherlands announced their intention to withdraw from the Energy Charter Treaty. The real reason for these announcements is a wish to escape recent investor-state arbitration awards.  Withdrawing from the treaty would still mean that member states are liable to investor-state dispute cases for twenty years. Agreeing …

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ASIA TRADE – EU Indonesia free trade agreement: hope springs eternal

Perhaps in the triumph of hope over experience, the EU and Indonesia have recently announced their intention to accelerate progress on their stalled free trade agreement. But political factors and deep-rooted disagreements over the EU’s sustainability and deforestation policies mean that finalising a deal will remain a tall order.