TRADE in ACTION – January 19, 2017

This week in TRADEinACTION: European Parliament announces new President, US- EU take stock of trade relations, World Economic Forum in Davos – and a new US President on Friday.

Transatlantic Relationship Forecast: Stormy Weather Ahead

In his recent interview with the Times of London and Bild President- Elect Donald Trump strongly criticized the European Union and voiced his support of Brexit. What does this mean for the transatlantic relationship? And what could the implications be for US/EU trade? In an interview with Atlantic Council’s Fran Burwell, Ashish Kumar Sen of the New Atlanticist explores the implications of Brexit in terms of trade and commerce, the upcoming national elections taking place in multiple European Union member states, and the greater impact of President-Elect Trump’s rhetoric on Europe. “There is no correcting mechanism at the cabinet level that we see so far that would present a counterview to what Trump has said. The EU itself is in for a rough ride over the next few years.” – Fran Burwell, Atlantic Council. Turbulent times to come for the US/EU relationship? What does Brexit really mean for Britain? Are President-Elect Trump’s statements having an impact on European voters? Get the full scoop here

Press Release: EU and US Publish TTIP State of Play Assessment, European Commission
Blog Post: TTIP Assessment and Pause, Cecilia Malmström, European Commission
Joint Statement: US- EU Negotiations for a Bilateral Agreement on Insurance and Reinsurance Measures, Office of the United States Trade Representative
Speech: Theresa May: We’re Leaving the Single Market, Paul Dallison, Politico Europe (Full speech here)
Video: ‘I am Pro-Sensible Trade’: Wilbur Ross to Senate, Reuters
WEF Regional Agenda: 5 Things to Know about China’s Approach to Free Trade, Oliver Cann, World Economic Forum
Commentary: In Trade Policy, the Best Defense Remains a Good Offense, Peter Rashish, AICGS Johns Hopkins University
World Economic Outlook Update: A Shifting Global Economic Landscape, International Monetary Fund

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Did you know…?
…that George Washington’s second Inaugural Address, which is only 135 words in length, holds the record for being the shortest inaugural speech of any US president?  President- Elect Donald Trump is scheduled to give his inaugural address immediately after he is sworn in as President of the United States at 12:00 PM (Washington DC time) on Friday, January 20th. Follow along @TrumpInaugural

News: China’s Xi Jinping Defends Globalization In First-Ever Speech at World Economic Forum, Camila Domonoske, NPR 
Opinion: Globalization can be Remade to Work for Everyone, Mark Malloch-Brown, CNN Money
Video (Panel): Squeezed and Angry: How to Fix the Middle Class CrisisWorld Economic Forum
Video (Panel): Governing Globalization, World Economic Forum
Report: Inequality on the Rise in the USA: The Inclusive Growth and Development Report, World Economic Forum

Opinion: The Roots of Trump’s Trade Rage, Edward Alden, Politico Magazine
Analysis: Brexit and the EU Budget: Threat or Opportunity? Dr. Eulalia Rubio and Jörg Haas, Jacques Delors Institut- Berlin
Opinion: Why is Trump Picking on Merkel?, James P. Rubin, Politico Magazine
OpinionCan a Conservative President Save the EU Parliament from the far Right? Weston Williams, The Christian Monitor
Book: Europe’s Growth Challenge, Anders Aslund and Simeon Djankov, Oxford University Press

January 17- 20 World Econmic Annual Forum in Davos, Switzerland 
January 19: Confirmation Hearing for President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Treasury, Steven Mnuchin
January 20: Inauguration Day- New US President is sworn in 

January 24: The Future of EU Trade Policy; Brussels; hosted by Bruegel 
January 25: Too Big to Fail? The Power of Transparency in Preventing Future Financial Crises; Washington DC; hosted by the Atlantic Council 
January 26: European Growth and the Next Chapter in US-EU Relations; Washington DC; hosted by the Atlantic Council 
January 27: Financing America’s Economic Growth Regional Event Series – Chicago; hosted by the US Chamber of Commerce

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Marie Kasperek, Associate Director, Global Business & Economics, Atlantic Council
John Butler, Program Intern

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