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Thousands protest in Brussels against EU-US trade ageement

Today @ 16:45

Protestors gathered in front of an empty EU summit building on Friday (19 December) to demonstrate against the EU-US free trade pact talks. A planned two-day summit in Brussels ended early on Thursday evening with EU ...

TTIP by end of 2015, EU leaders pledge

Today @ 01:34

EU leaders have given negotiators until the end of 2015 to conclude talks on a trade deal with the United States following the final summit of 2014 in Brussels. Wrapping up on Thursday night (18 December), leaders in a ...

EU governments paid €3.5bn in investor claims

04.12.14 @ 09:30

EU governments have been forced to pay out more than €3.5 billion in compensation to firms under controversial investor protection rules according to new research published on Thursday (4 December). The survey, by the ...

OpinionConflict minerals: EU can save lives and boost profits

28.11.14 @ 16:31

It’s not always fashionable to talk about Brussels wielding power. To many, the inner workings of the European Union seem far-removed from day-to-day life, and in particular, corporate power. But on Thursday (4 December ...

EU commission to publish more trade documents in bid for public support

25.11.14 @ 20:04

The European Commission has pledged to increase the number of documents it makes public relating to ongoing free trade talks with the US in a bid to shore up public support for the negotiations. The EU executive ...

Malmstrom: Trade deal needed to maintain Europe's living standards

19.11.14 @ 11:23

An ambitious free-trade deal with the United States will allow Europe to keep its place at the economic top-table, the bloc's new trade commissioner told MEPs on Tuesday (18 November). In her first speech on the planned ...

Trade protectionism still on the rise, EU research finds

18.11.14 @ 09:29

A total of 170 new measures increasing trade protectionism were slapped on goods and services from the EU, according to new research. The findings in the European Commission's annual report on trade restrictions ...

Eurozone facing unprecedented triple-dip recession, warns Cameron

17.11.14 @ 09:27

The eurozone is on the 'brink' of an unprecedented triple-dip recession, UK prime minister David Cameron warned as the weekend's G20 summit in Australia came to its conclusion on Sunday (16 November). In an article in ...

EU-Canada deal to remain unchanged, trade chief tells Germany

11.11.14 @ 10:37

An EU-Canada trade agreement will include controversial investor protection clauses, the EU's new trade commissioner has confirmed. Following a meeting in Berlin on Monday (10 November) with Sigmar Gabriel, leader of ...

EU lodges new WTO protest against Russia

31.10.14 @ 18:35

The EU lodged its fourth formal complaint against Russia to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on Friday in the latest round of the trade battle between the two blocs. Brussels' ire is focused this time on import duties ...

An American in Strasbourg: US ambassador woos MEPs on trade pact

23.10.14 @ 10:24

Anthony Gardner is not what is typically associated with US diplomacy: Fluent in French, Italian and Spanish, the US ambassador to the EU, who took office in February, managed to impress even the francophones in the ...

Ministers publish mandate for US trade talks

09.10.14 @ 18:59

EU governments have published the negotiation mandate given to the European Commission to open talks on a free trade deal with the US in a bid to assuage criticism that the deal is being made behind closed doors. On ...

The new Polish government: What to expect?

02.10.14 @ 09:29

Poland's new prime minister, Ewa Kopacz, presented her government’s agenda on Wednesday (1 October) in a speech in front of the parliament that showed that on EU questions Warsaw is unlikely to look much different. ...

Investor clauses could be left out of EU-US trade deal

29.09.14 @ 18:50

The EU's likely next trade commissioner has signalled that controversial investor protection rules allowing companies to sue governments could ultimately be left out of a transatlantic trade deal with the United States. ...

EU-Canada pact faces German opposition over investor clauses

25.09.14 @ 18:25

Provisions allowing companies to sue governments to protect their investments must be taken out of an EU-Canada trade agreement (Ceta), German chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition partners have said. Speaking in the ...

EU repeats demand for energy chapter in US trade treaty

10.09.14 @ 09:26

The EU's trade chief has reiterated his demands for the US to include an energy chapter as part of a trans-Atlantic free trade deal. "It is important that we come forward with a position on that [energy agreement] as ...

'Scaremongering' threatens trade deal, US ambassador warns MEPs

04.09.14 @ 09:22

A landmark EU-US trade deal is under threat due to “scaremongering”, the US ambassador to Brussels has warned MEPs. In a combative debate with deputies on the European Parliament's international trade committee on ...

Rasmussen: Ukraine free to seek Nato membership

29.08.14 @ 15:00

Nato chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said Ukraine is free to pursue membership of the Western alliance despite Russian opposition. He told press in Brussels on Friday (29 August): “I’m not going to interfere in ...

EU hails 'substantial progress' towards Cuba trade deal

29.08.14 @ 09:30

EU and Cuban officials have made “substantial progress” towards agreeing a trade and political co-operation treaty, the bloc’s top diplomat to Havana said following the second round of talks in Brussels. Speaking at a ...

AnalysisCan Europe afford a Russia trade war?

22.08.14 @ 09:23

“We’ve known for more than 100 years that protectionism and trade barriers are very bad for your economy”. So says Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, a trade lawyer and director of the European Centre for International Political ...

Poland demands WTO challenge over Russia food ban

20.08.14 @ 07:45

Poland has made a formal request that the EU take Russia before the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to overturn its ban on EU food and vegetables. Reuters reported on Tuesday (19 August) that Poland’s economy ministry ...

AnalysisWhat the leaked EU-Canada trade paper means for TTIP

18.08.14 @ 17:47

EU trade negotiators, who like to give as little away as possible, will have been deeply dismayed by the leak of 520 pages of their latest baby: the EU-Canada free trade agreement (Ceta). The document, published by ...

AnalysisFrom trade tariffs to trust – TTIP a year on

28.07.14 @ 10:14

When political leaders on both sides of the Atlantic gave negotiators the green light to start talks on a Transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP), it was widely seen as an economic 'win-win' - a debt free ...

EU states not toeing the line on tobacco, equality laws

11.07.14 @ 09:30

Around a dozen member states are set to face the European Commission at the EU Court of Justice for not following EU laws. Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Poland, Portugal, Spain, and the ...

Leaked paper: EU wants 'guaranteed' access to US oil and gas

09.07.14 @ 09:27

The EU wants the US to lift its restrictions on exporting gas and crude oil as part of ongoing trade talks, according to a leaked European Commission document. The strategy paper by the EU executive, obtained by the ...

EU-US trade deal must have national approval, say MPs

02.07.14 @ 17:54

A landmark free trade agreements between the EU and US should be subject to approval by national parliaments before it can become law, national deputies have told the European Commission. The demand is contained in a ...

EU trade chief plays down fears over investor protection rules

25.06.14 @ 09:27

The EU’s top trade official has played down fears that rules protecting company interests could spark a wave of litigation from US multinationals, insisting there was “nothing shocking” about the plans. EU and US trade ...

OpinionThe first G7 summit in Brussels, but not the last?

05.06.14 @ 09:26

This week, the leaders of the seven most industrialised countries – the US, Canada, Japan, France, Germany, Italy and the UK – and the European Union are gathering in Brussels. For the first time since 1998 when Russia ...

WTO confirms EU seal trade ban

23.05.14 @ 09:48

The EU's four-year-old ban on seal fur will remain in place after the World Trade Organisation (WTO) rejected an appeal by Canada and Norway thus setting a precedent that animal welfare can trump the right to trade. In ...

EU and US aim for 2015 trade deal, exclude financial services

16.05.14 @ 08:48

Trade negotiators will look to complete an EU-US trade deal before the end of 2015, senior officials have agreed. But a deal will not include financial services, after the US ambassador all but ruled out discussion of ...

EU ban on 'king of mangoes' causes stir in India

08.05.14 @ 09:30

A health and safety measure quietly imposed by EU officials to protect the bloc's crops is to deprive Europeans of access to India's "king of mangoes". The EU's 18 month mango ban, which began on 1 May and will last ...

Russia to file WTO lawsuit against EU energy laws

01.05.14 @ 09:22

Russia is to file its second formal complaint against the EU with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) over the EU's so-called 'Third Energy Package,' according to reports on Wednesday (30 April). At the heart of the ...

EU drills into corporate protection clause in US trade deal

27.03.14 @ 19:45

The European Commission launched a 90 day public consultation on Thursday (27 March) in a bid to address "misconceptions and misrepresentations" about plans to include controversial rules on investor protection into an ...

Germany opposes EU-US investor protection scheme

15.03.14 @ 14:51

EU and US trade negotiators completed the fourth round of trade talks on Friday (14 March), but were tight-lipped after Germany joined France in calling for controversial rules on investor rights to be left out of an ...

EU to approve €1.1bn Ukraine aid package

05.03.14 @ 09:30

The European Commission will officially agree to offer Ukraine €1.1 billion in emergency aid on Thursday (5 March), officials told EUobserver. The move amounts to a top-up of €500 million to a previous offer of €610 ...

Trade talks 'honeymoon' over, business chiefs warn EU

28.02.14 @ 19:41

The 'honeymoon phase' of talks aimed at brokering a landmark EU-US trade deal are over, business leaders have warned. Speaking at a meeting of business leaders in Athens to coincide with a meeting of EU trade ministers ...

EU 'will not compromise' on food safety in US trade pact

12.02.14 @ 09:28

A top EU official has sought to allay German fears about the US being able to export bleached chicken and hormone beef to Europe once a free trade pact comes into force. "What is non-negotiable are food safety standards ...

EU to open trade talks with Cuba

11.02.14 @ 08:50

EU foreign ministers on Monday (10 February) agreed to open talks on a trade and political relationship with Cuba, raising the prospect of a new era in relations between Brussels and Havana. The talks on a so-called " ...

EU commission freezes US talks on company protection

21.01.14 @ 21:30

The European Commission has halted EU-US trade talks related to legal protection for companies and launched a three-month public consultation on the matter. Negotiations between EU and US trade officials began last ...

Russia's first WTO trade dispute targets EU duties

07.01.14 @ 08:46

Russia has taken aim at the EU, filing its first trade dispute to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in protest against anti-dumping duties imposed by Brussels. In a statement on Monday (6 January), the Swiss-based WTO, ...

EUobservedBig pain for small gain in the eurozone

02.01.14 @ 10:40

The past year was better than 2012, at least as far as the eurozone economy is concerned, but not much better. First, the good news. Europe came out of its double-dip recession, even if the 0.2 percent growth it saw in ...

EU-US trade talks could become 'another Acta'

18.12.13 @ 09:18

EU-US free trade talks risk following the same path as Acta, the controversial anti-counterfeit treaty which collapsed in 2012. The European Commission spent several years negotiating the Acta treaty, a multilateral ...

OpinionEU and US both threatened by secret trade talks

16.12.13 @ 09:06

Negotiations between the United States and European Union for a free trade agreement, which resume this week in Washington, represent one of the biggest threats we have seen in our lifetimes to progress towards our ...

AnalysisWorld trade deal expected to boost EU nations

09.12.13 @ 10:32

Hailed as "historic" by British Prime Minister David Cameron, the surprise world trade deal agreed over the weekend in Bali aims to lower the cost of exports by simplifying customs procedures and reducing import duties. ...

Brussels nervous on public reaction to EU-US trade talks

27.11.13 @ 09:27

The European Commission last week discussed with member states how best to go about communicating a EU-US trade deal to the public and national media. The meeting took place on Friday (22 November) and was attended by ...

WTO backs EU seal fur ban over 'moral concerns'

26.11.13 @ 10:48

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has confirmed the EU's controversial ban on seal products, ruling that the ban was a response to "moral concerns." A report released Monday (25 November) by a WTO panel found that the ...

German coalition draft: More powers for EU foreign service

26.11.13 @ 10:37

Germany's upcoming government will not change its eurozone policy, but wants more powers for the bloc's foreign service and a "special relationship" with Russia, according to a draft coalition agreement to be signed off ...

Eurozone trade surplus doubles, boosts crisis countries

18.11.13 @ 18:29

The prospects of the eurozone's nascent economic recovery were boosted on Monday (18 November) after figures revealed that the bloc's trade surplus in 2013 was on course to double 2012. According to data published by EU ...

Trade deal 'won't loosen standards,' EU and US officials ay

18.11.13 @ 11:21

The latest round of talks on an EU-US trade deal concluded on Friday (15 November) with negotiators playing down suggestions that an accord would undercut a raft of rules on consumer protection and environmental ...

EU-US free trade talks restart in Brussels

11.11.13 @ 09:27

For over a century in the developed world, the concept of free trade was based on the principle of no tariffs. But in 2013 the economic map has changed. Although many countries still impose tariffs or duties on products ...