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A New Agenda for Transatlantic Relations

The United States and Germany are strong partners – despite the political tensions with the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump. In order to improve this partnership, Brussels and Washington should intensify their dialogue and advance talks on a transatlantic trade agreement. They also need to strengthen their cooperation within the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and join forces in dealing with China. 

EU Push for More Unified Product Standards with the United States

White House USA, Washington D.C. © Fotolia/kuosumo

“America First” – U.S. Trade Policy under President Donald Trump

Yokohama, China © Pixabay/megurawa

Eagle versus Dragon: Ceasefire in the U.S.-China Trade Conflict

Dispute over Aviation Subsidies Needs Sustainable Solution

‘American Cars First’ – Uncertainty about Car Tariffs Persists

U.S. Export Controls and Value Chains

Corona-Related Entry Bans Endanger the United States and German Enterprises

Is the Trade Conflict Triggering a Currency War?

In the Name of National Security?

Container ship © Fotolia/pitrs

Fair Trade or Protectionism? Trade Enforcement Measures Taken by the United States

USMCA: Free Trade with Significant Limitations

Daniel Andrich © RGIT

State of the Transatlantic Economic Partnership

Review of TTIP

Make America Great Again? The Impact of Donald Trump’s Election on the U.S. Economy

Trump’s Success – An Attempt at an Explanation



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World Trade

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World Trade

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