19th October 2018
EU and Singapore sign cooperation deals
EU hopeful Free Trade Agreement will be implemented by the end of 2019, but other deals may take longer
18th October 2018
EU-Vietnam trade deal passes latest European hurdle
Deal approved by EU College of Commissioners October 17 But, though approved in principle in December 2015 still needs ratifying by Council of Ministers and EU Parliament.
17th October 2018
US confirms intent to start trade talks with EU, UK and Japan
The White House announced on October 16 it would start trade talks with the EU, Japan and the UK in 2019. Talks would begin in 2019. With the EU and...
15th April 2018
Trump U-turns again on TPP. EU just presses on with TPP’s key members
The Trump administration's stances on the TPP in April probably established an all-time record for policy U-turns. The TPP's major members, though, made real progress with the EU Trump's wobbles...
24th May 2017
EU announces Brexit talks to start around June 19 as UK threatens walk-out
The EU's General Affairs Council agreed its timetable and directives for Britain's exit negotiations on May 22, as the major UK and EU negotiators appeared to take strongly conflicting positions...
24th May 2017
EU adds Sri Lanka to its duty-free GSP+ programme
The European Union has reinstated Sri Lanka to its GSP+ programme, a special arrangement under the Generalized Scheme of Preferences aimed at encouraging sustainable development and good governance. As from May...
27th March 2017
EU warns Bangladesh of duty free suspension over labour rights
The European Union was reported on March 23 to have warned Bangladesh of suspending duty-free access unless Bangladesh makes progress in the implementing worker rights. The European Commission's Directorates General...
16th March 2017
UK hit by EU’s €2 bn bill for “repeatedly ignoring warnings” over trouser tax fraud.
The UK is facing a €1.98 bn bill from the EU for "repeatedly ignoring warnings" of tax frauds on imported Chinese shoes and apparel. The case highlights grave systemic complications in...
16th March 2017
Dutch election result undermines fears of imminent EU collapse
Results of the March 15 election for the Dutch House of Representatives seem to kill worries the EU is about to collapse. But, though those worries have never had any...
1st March 2017
UK Government: “Prepare to leave EU without a free trade deal”
The UK government was reported on March 1 to have instructed its departments to have plans ready for governing if Britain fails to secure an adequate free trade deal with...
18th February 2017
EU changes in April 2017: Trade policy in times of Brexit
There are five key issues surrounding the EU's role in the world economy. The Future of the EU itself It is currently fashionable in much of the US and UK...
7th February 2017
Germany accepts “two speed” EU as French nationalists call for EU membership referendum
The EU appears to be accepting greater political variation between its members, as the leading candidate in the French Presidential elections announced her policy of calling a referendum on EU...