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New US tariffs: Potential impact on the WTO

On 8 March 2018, US President Donald Trump signed orders imposing tariffs of 25 % on steel imports and 10 % on aluminium imports. These tariffs will apply to all countries, except Canada and Mexico (and possibly also Australia). Continue reading

The future of multilateralism: Crisis or opportunity?

Written by Elena Lazarou, Multilateralism lies at the core of the EU’s identity and of its engagement with the world. Both the 2003 European Security Strategy and the 2016 Global Strategy emphasised the importance of a rules-based global order with multilateralism as its key principle and the United Nations (UN) at its core, and made … Continue reading

What future for global trade?

Written by Krisztina Binder, Worldwide, countries are facing major international trade challenges. Trade policy was at the forefront of the 2016 United States presidential campaign, and the new US administration’s approach leans toward global trade restriction. Protectionist pressures, not to mention concerns regarding the potential effects of Brexit, are increasing on the world stage. Against … Continue reading

China’s WTO accession: 15 years on Taking, shaking or shaping WTO rules?

Written by Gisela Grieger, Graphs by Christian Dietrich, 11 December 2016 marks the 15th anniversary of China’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO). In 2001, after arduous negotiations with key WTO members, China agreed not only to extensive market access commitments but also to substantial non-reciprocal rules obligations. This was unprecedented in WTO history. … Continue reading

‘State of the EU’ to the fore [September plenary session]

Written by Mitja Brus Jean-Claude Juncker’s ‘State of the Union’ (#SOTEU) address to the European Parliament will feature in the first EP plenary session after the summer recess. On Wednesday 9 September at 9am he will make his first such address as President of the European Commission. For this major event we will soon publish … Continue reading

Economic significance of trade in services: Background to negotiations on a Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA)

Written by Wilhelm Schöllmann Fifty-one members of the World Trade Organization (WTO): Australia, Canada, Chile, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Liechtenstein, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Korea, Switzerland, Turkey and the United States, together with the European Union and its 28 Member States – have been trying … Continue reading

Controversial issues in EU-India trade: Disputes at WTO level

Despite long-running negotiations, there appears little prospect that the EU-India Bilateral Trade and Investment Agreement will be signed in 2014, as the differences between the two have turned out even more challenging than initially expected. Negotiations began in 2007, hoping to link the world’s largest single market with one of the fastest growing economies in a mutually complimentary … Continue reading

Trade in services: towards a plurilateral agreement

The importance of the services sector in the EU’s economy is growing. Businesses across the world are increasingly interdependent, in so-called “global value chains”. But regulatory divergence between countries can entail additional costs for service providers themselves, those consuming services in their production activities as well as for final consumers. As the largest exporter of … Continue reading

China’s export restrictions on rare earth elements

Rare earth elements (REEs) are coveted minerals used in high-tech products. China has about 50% of known world reserves and until very recently was behind 95% of global supplies. It has reduced its export quotas drastically since 2010, arguing that the country had paid a heavy price for its mining activity in the form of … Continue reading

Opening negotiations on a plurilateral Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA)

6 language versions available in PDF format Avvio dei negoziati su un accordo multilaterale sugli scambi di servizi (TiSA) Otwarcie negocjacji wielostronnego układu ogólnego w sprawie handlu usługami (TiSA) Opening negotiations on a plurilateral Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) Eröffnung von Verhandlungen über ein multilaterales Abkommen über den Handel mit Dienstleistungen Inicio de negociaciones sobre … Continue reading

Principal EU-US trade disputes

The prospect of transatlantic free trade talks has brought the EU-US trade relationship, the largest bilateral trading relationship in the world, into the spotlight. Trade disputes account for a small fraction of the total volume of this trade, around 2% according to the Commission, despite often receiving prominent media coverage. But a number of long-running … Continue reading

Le Forum Social Mondial : Evolution et enjeux

Le Forum Social Mondial (FSM) a été initié en 2001 au Brésil, dans une tentative de réunir la société civile globale et de favoriser l’élaboration d’alternatives à la mondialisation néolibérale. Conformément à sa Charte de Principes, le FSM constitue un espace de rencontre ouvert pour l’échange des idées, la mise en réseau des participants et … Continue reading

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