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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.

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India, EU formally kick-start trade, investment, food name protection talks

After an intense week at the World Trade Organization headquarters in Geneva, India’s trade minister Piyush Goyal and the European Commission’s executive vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis went on to hold further meetings in Brussels today. They then formally kick-started long-announced bilateral trade negotiations – showing little signs of exhaustion in a …