Posts tagged "EU"

Saving EU trade policy

These are tough times for the European Union’s trade policy. Public sentiment has never been more hostile to the idea of free trade than it is now. An area previously of interest only to specialists of technical issues like tariff schedules, quotas, customs rates and trade balances is now the subject of impassioned street protest and furious rhetoric over the perceived risks of such deals for consumer rights and more. Free trade is now so contentious that nervous ministers are ready to block even the most modest of EU agreements.

This past year has already seen many setbacks for trade.

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EU leaders in Bratislava look beyond Brexit

After a summer spent processing the pain of Britain’s June referendum vote to leave their club, European Union leaders resolved at their summit last Friday in Bratislava to move beyond Brexit and chart a path towards a more citizen-friendly union.

The 27 leaders – meeting without Britain’s prime minister, Theresa May, who was not invited – insisted they remained united at their summit, called to brainstorm ways to connect with ordinary people.

It was, they recognised, a daunting challenge. Brexit is just the latest of a series of crises to hit the EU in recent years, following the ongoing refugee influx, a sluggish European economy, and a collapse in voter trust for the EU establishment.

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