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Setting New Rules – The Free Trade Agreements of the European Union

The European Union is currently negotiating free trade agreements (FTAs) with numerous countries – with Australia and New Zealand, Indonesia, and with the Mercosur states, among others. Apart from multilateral trade liberalization under the umbrella of the World Trade Organization (WTO), FTAs are a central pillar of the EU’s trade strategy. However, their negotiation is anything but trivial.

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Major Challenges for Foreign Trade Policy

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The Preference Utilization Rate of EU Free Trade Agreements

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Bundestag Should Speed up CETA Ratification

Going Digital – Digital Trade Is the Future


Preferential Trade Agreements

CETA Moves One Step Forward


Preceded by controversial political and legal debates in a range of EU Member States, the EU and Canada signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) in October 2016. The Belgian federal government long lacked the support of some regional governments needed to add its essential...

Preferential Trade Agreements

Bundestag Gives Green Light for CETA


Following the positive vote at the SPD party convention, the German parliament has now also cleared the way for Germany’s approval of the CETA agreement.