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Thu, Feb 13, 2020

The UK’s busy trade agenda for 2020

Post-Brexit Britain is aiming for trade agreements with the EU, the Untied States, China, and more in 2020. But negotiating such a wide range of complex trade deals in a relatively short time frame is quite a formidable challenge.

New Atlanticist by Hung Tran

Trade United Kingdom

Wed, Feb 5, 2020

Europe to take center stage in global trade talks

With the “phase one” trade deal behind them, the United States and China will now probably shift attention to sorting out their economic and trade relationships with Europe. Caught in the middle of the US-China trade war and geopolitical competition, the European Union (EU) has tried to steer an independent course, balancing security and geopolitical concerns with economic and business needs. Doing so, however, has exposed many differences vis-a-vis the United States as well as China.

Insights & Impact by Hung Tran

China European Union

Mon, Jan 27, 2020

The potential global impact of the coronavirus outbreak

Beijing “must act" to contain the coronavirus outbreak, Miyeon Oh says, "especially in light of the indirect but potentially massive economic, social, and political impacts of the coronavirus in the region and around the world.” There is growing concern in Beijing as well, Robert A. Manning added, “that if this pandemic is only in its early stages, it could become the straw that broke the camel’s back for an already anemic economy.”

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

China International Markets

Mon, Jan 27, 2020

How the transatlantic trade agenda can get its groove back in 2020

Transatlantic policymakers should not waste this opportunity to redefine the transatlantic relationship. Leaders looking for traction should learn from the recent past and chart a different trajectory this year. In particular, they should acknowledge that different interests exist, focus on economic areas where interests align well, and pragmatically maximize efforts to align commitments.

New Atlanticist by Barbara C. Matthews

European Union Trade

Wed, Jan 22, 2020

Revamping antitrust in the digital era

As technology permeates virtually every aspect of society, antitrust legislation must adapt to account for the digital threats to consumer welfare.

Blog Post by Emma Martinez Daniel

Macroeconomics United States and Canada

Wed, Jan 22, 2020

Europe to take center stage in global trade talks

With the “phase one” trade deal behind them, the United States and China will now probably shift attention to sorting out their economic and trade relationships with Europe. Caught in the middle of the US-China trade war and geopolitical competition, the European Union (EU) has tried to steer an independent course, balancing security and geopolitical concerns with economic and business needs. Doing so, however, has exposed many differences vis-a-vis the United States as well as China.

New Atlanticist by Hung Tran

China European Union

Tue, Jan 21, 2020

Kasperek quoted in The Hill on Trump’s trade negotiations with the European Union

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economy & Business European Union

Wed, Jan 15, 2020

Tran joins Yahoo to discuss impact of US-China trade deal

In the News by Atlantic Council

China Economy & Business

Wed, Jan 15, 2020

At the beginning of 2020, what are the global risks and growth prospects for the Euro Area?

After the high real growth of the EA in 2015 (averaging slightly more than 2% per year), growth in 2019-20 has been downgraded as several risks materialized. Furthermore, the balance of persistent global or domestic risks remain negative even if less than last year.

New Atlanticist by Marc-Olivier Strauss-Kahn

European Union International Markets

Mon, Jan 13, 2020

Trump’s bilateral trade deals are undermining the global trading system

Overall, the three early 2020 agreements have started to transform the multilateral rule-based system into a largely bilaterally managed, outcome-based system. RTAs and their new practices accelerate the fragmentation of the world trading system into numerous trading zones with different overlapping memberships and trade coverage, tariffs, quotas, and quantitative trade targets, plus other rules such as local content and country of origin requirements as well as dispute settlement processes.

New Atlanticist by Hung Tran

China European Union