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    July 17, 2014

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  1. March 28, 2014

    EU can cope with Russian retaliation, says trade official

    Europe’s top trade official struck a defiant stance against Moscow on Thursday and argued that the EU would have a strong...

  2. March 27, 2014

    Official warns EU-US trade deal at risk over investor cases

    Negotiations to create a transatlantic free trade zone risk collapsing if the EU has to drop a provision giving investors...

  3. March 27, 2014

    EU commissioner attacks China’s telecoms subsidies

    Karel De Gucht, the EU’s top trade official, has attacked China’s subsidising of its mobile telecommunications equipment...

  4. March 18, 2014

    China and EU step towards trade peace

    China and the EU have resolved a dispute over the pricing of a key component in solar panels, bringing an end to another...

  5. March 16, 2014

    Free flow of labour stemmed as Belgium cracks down on migrants

    Three years ago, 28-year-old Fatima Donaire thought she was living the European dream. Born and raised in the Andalucían...

  6. March 10, 2014

    EU and US pressed to drop dispute-settlement rule from trade deal

    Faced with an increasingly vocal opposition to a landmark EU-US trade agreement, a growing number of backers of the deal are...

  7. March 5, 2014

    EU plans voluntary rules on conflict mineral imports

    The EU on Wednesday proposed voluntary rules to prevent European companies importing conflict minerals, saying America’s...

  8. February 24, 2014

    US farmers attack Europe on trade talks impasse

    The powerful US farm lobby is souring on trade talks with the European Union, charging that Brussels is unwilling to...

  9. February 18, 2014

    Sticking points remain in trade talks, say officials

    US and European officials vowed to give negotiations on a transatlantic trade agreement a jolt to allay fears that they...

  10. February 16, 2014

    No time to waste on transatlantic trade

    Today in Washington, Michael Froman, the US trade representative, will sit down with Karel De Gucht, his opposite number at...

  11. January 23, 2014

    China joins Davos drive to cut green trade barriers

    China has joined the US, EU and Japan in a new push to lower tariffs and other trade barriers on the $1tn global annual...

  12. January 21, 2014

    Brussels seeks to curb investor litigation under trade deals

    The European Commission is pushing to include strict constraints on investors’ ability to take legal action against...

  13. December 23, 2013

    Russia targets EU in WTO suit over energy policy

    Russia has made the EU the target of its first World Trade Organisation suit, claiming that Brussels has unfairly thwarted...

  14. October 16, 2013

    Europe warns South Korea over trade pact

    Karel De Gucht, the European trade commissioner, has expressed concerns about South Korea’s implementation of its trade...

  15. Brussels Blog

    October 10, 2013

    An EU-Russia trade fight escalates

    What has become an increasingly touchy EU-Russia trade relationship took another tit-for-tat turn on Thursday when Brussels...

  16. beyondbrics

    October 3, 2013

    Ukraine: EU beckons, but investors still getting a rough ride

    Ukraine stands a chance to achieve much more than a pivotal westward shift away from Moscow’s grip by signing historic...

  17. August 16, 2013

    EU steps up trade fight with China over steel tubes

    Brussels escalated a trade fight with Beijing on Friday when it asked the World Trade Organisation to resolve a dispute over...

  18. August 5, 2013

    EU defers China telecoms trade case ahead of key mobile contract

    The EU will hold off making a decision on whether to launch an incendiary trade case against Chinese telecoms companies...

  19. July 30, 2013

    Karel De Gucht: Frustrated and outflanked

    Just as Karel De Gucht was poised to deliver a historic blow against China Inc’s export juggernaut, something unexpected...

  20. July 29, 2013

    Pax Bruxellana

    The best to be said for the Beijing-Brussels compromise over the trade in solar panels is that it has averted a wider trade...

  21. July 28, 2013

    China to freeze trade probes in solar deal

    China will freeze investigations into European wine and polysilicon exports as part of a landmark settlement with Brussels...

  22. July 27, 2013

    EU and China settle trade fight over solar panels

    The EU and China have settled a trade fight over solar panels that upset relations between two of the world’s largest...

  23. Brussels Blog

    July 25, 2013

    Brussels and Beijing aim for a solar settlement

    Brussels and Beijing appear to be nearing a settlement in a trade fight over solar panels that is the EU’s biggest ever...

  24. beyondbrics

    July 14, 2013

    Week ahead, July 15-19

    All eyes will be on China’s second quarter GDP figures, to be published early on Monday. Meanwhile, President Thein Sein of...

  25. July 9, 2013

    EU takes Russia to WTO over vehicle recycling fees

    The EU has filed its first-ever case against Russia at the World Trade Organisation, challenging vehicle recycling fees that...

  26. July 8, 2013

    US and EU open talks on transatlantic trade pact

    US and European officials have taken the first steps in high-stakes negotiations to craft a transatlantic trade agreement,...

  27. July 5, 2013

    Couture vs culture

    It’s too bad EU trade commissioner Karel De Gucht wasn’t at the couture shows last week. It would have given him lots of...

  28. June 21, 2013

    End in sight to EU-China solar spat

    The EU and China have agreed the broad outlines for a possible settlement to their trade dispute over solar panels but must...

  29. June 18, 2013

    EU trade chief heads to China amid thaw in relations

    Europe’s trade chief will travel to Beijing for high-level discussions on Friday amid signs that the EU and China are...

  30. June 14, 2013

    Paris rejects culture concession in EU-US trade talks

    Paris dug in its heels against the EU opening trade talks with the US without exempting France’s film and music industries,...

  31. June 13, 2013

    China is giving Europe a harsh lesson in geopolitics

    From time to time a small coincidence throws up a salutary reminder of the new geopolitical constellation. This happened the...

  32. June 13, 2013

    Paris rejects culture concession in EU-US trade talks

    Paris has rebuffed a last-minute concession over its cultural industries intended to overcome French objections to the...

  33. June 9, 2013

    A trade escalation perilous for Europe

    The authority of Karel De Gucht, EU trade commissioner, to impose trade sanctions without full support from member states is...

  34. June 4, 2013

    Brussels offers Beijing reprieve in solar panel dispute

    The European Commission on Tuesday offered Beijing a temporary reprieve from swingeing sanctions against imports of Chinese...

  35. Material World

    May 29, 2013

    Forget austerity; Europe loves luxury - but not to buy

    The ECCIA, that odd-acronym’d unified lobbying association for the luxury groups of Europe, just released a new survey about...

  36. May 28, 2013

    EU trade chief feels heat in China solar dispute

    Seeking to discuss a brewing fight over solar panels, on Sunday China’s ministry of commerce requested a meeting at short...

  37. Brussels Blog

    May 28, 2013

    In EU-China dispute, Beijing warns of trade war

    EU trade chief Karel De Gucht speaks at a press conference in Beijing in 2011 While almost everyone in Brussels was asleep...

  38. May 27, 2013

    Germany thwarts EU in China solar fight

    Germany led a majority of EU members on Monday to oppose punitive duties on imported Chinese solar panels, undermining an...

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