Keyword:Trade Agreements

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Downgrading or Upgrading NAFTA?
NAFTA’s economic pros and cons in a nutshell


Negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement will go into the third round this weekend (23-27 September) in Ottawa. In the talks, which are always burdened by critical statements and Twitter messages from US President Donald Trump, however, all options still seem to be on the table. Both a successful modernization of the trade deal as well as a complete failure of the negotiations and a possible withdrawal from NAFTA are conceivable. More ...

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Webinar Recording - Who benefits from an EU India Trade Deal ?


Talks between India and the EU about a possible Free Trade Agreement (FTA) have been going on for some while now and have been anything but easy so far. The recording of our latest GED webinar tells you the economic effects such an agreement could potentially have. More ...

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GED Webinar: The EU-Japan Trade Agreement
Learn more about the economic effects and policy implications of the next big trade deal


TTIP is seemingly breathing its last breath and President Donald Trump declared the US’ official withdrawal from TPP. Are mega-regional trade agreements at an end then? Not quite. Nowadays many experts are looking at the trade deal negotiations between the EU and Japan to set a renewed signal against protectionism and for free trade among the global economic community. More ...

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EU-Japan: Free Trade Agreement Commitment to Economic Cooperation
Learn all about the effects of the proposed trade deal in our newest GED Study!


A new study of the ifo Institute on behalf of Bertelsmann Stiftung shows that both the EU and Japan could gain additional benefit from a free trade agreement. More importantly, however, the agreement would signal a clear commitment to economic cooperation and free trade in the era of Brexit and Trump. More ...

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GED Mini-Series: Inclusiveness in the Global Trading System - How Did We Get Here?
PART ONE: How did we get here? - The history of preferential trade agreements


In our new GED-Project mini-series we examine the issue of inclusiveness in the global trading system. Part one of our four-part series will look at the history of preferential trade agreements and aim to give some insight into how we got to the current situation. More ...

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TFA: The Trillion Dollar Trade Deal That Just Came into Force
...And Which Hardly Anyone Noticed


On February 22, 2017 Chad, Jordan and Rwanda ratified the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). Thus the total number of countries having ratified this agreement exceeded the pre-defined threshold of a 110 required for it to enter into force. Interestingly, this was hardly picked up by the media. A suprising turn, given the hefty one trillion dollar cost saving tag estimated for the agreement. More ...

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Presidential Powers and International Trade: How Far Can Trump Go?
An array of tools could spell challenges for the international community


Many were struck by the ease by which the new US President could just undo several years of hard negotiation and knock-out one of the potentially biggest free trade agreements in history, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), from coming into existence. Keeping this in mind, it seems worthwhile to take a closer look at what powers on trade the President actually has – and at the checks and balances in place. More ...

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Brazil & Mega-Trade Deals
The Opportunity Cost of Opportunities Lost


A number of major economies in Latin America are not participating in the mega-deals. However, since the proposed agreements include many of their key trading partners, outsiders will still be effected. In this blog post, we have a look at how this could affect the region’s largest economy: Brazil. More ...

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Pascal Lamy on TTIP and EU and US Regulatory Convergence
Pascal Lamy highlighted the importance of TTIP in leading the EU and the US to convergence in regulatory matters, which would impact the rest of the world


Pascal Lamy talked about a world of trade precaution instead of protection, in one of his comments at the GED sponsored “Multilateral Regionalism and Emerging Markets – Opportunities and Risks in Global Trade” panel at the Global Economic Symposium in Kiel. He highlighted the importance of TTIP in leading the EU and the US to convergence in regulatory matters, which would impact the rest of the world. More ...

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Views on TTIP and ISDS at the Global Economic Symposium
Guest Speakers made insightful remarks on TTIP and ISDS (Investor State Dispute Settlement) at the Global Economic Symposium in Kiel


Guest Speakers made insightful remarks on TTIP and ISDS (Investor State Dispute Settlement) at the GED sponsored “Multilateral Regionalism and Emerging Markets – Opportunities and Risks in Global Trade” panel at the Global Economic Symposium in Kiel More ...

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Pascal Lamy on Free Trade and Fair Trade
Pascal Lamy (former Director-General at WTO) spoke on the concepts “free trade” and “fair trade” at the GES


Pascal Lamy (former Director-General at WTO) spoke on the concepts “free trade” and “fair trade” at the GED sponsored “Multilateral Regionalism and Emerging Markets – Opportunities and Risks in Global Trade” panel at the Global Economic Symposium in Kiel. He highlighted the subjectivity of the concept “fair trade”. More ...

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Remarks on TTIP, Public Opinion and Regulatory Convergence at the GES
The speakers at the GES exchanged views on left and right-wing resistance against FTAs citizens’ perceptions on TTIP, democratic transparency and environmental and animal rights standards


Pascal Lamy (former Director-General at WTO), Andreas Esche and Petra Pinzler spoke at the GED sponsored “Multilateral Regionalism and Emerging Markets – Opportunities and Risks in Global Trade” panel at the Global Economic Symposium in Kiel. The speakers exchanged views on left and right-wing resistance against FTAs citizens’ perceptions on TTIP, democratic transparency and environmental and animal rights standards More ...

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FTAs in the 21st Century & the “Domino Effect”


The fall and breakup of the Soviet Union opened a new era of Free Trade Agreements. But was the opening up of former communist ruled markets the only reason for the dramatic increase in FTAs during the 90's? More ...

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The GED Team Presents: FTA VIS


Our new data visualization tool FTA VIS allows you to explore the evolution of free trade agreements all over the world. Learn how to use the tool here. More ...

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TTIP Behind Closed Doors: A Fresh Start for Transparency?


The eighth round of negotiations just ended in Brussels, yet it seems the question of transparency is still not resolved. Despite intense communication efforts, attempts to bring an end to the transparency debate are losing momentum. So where do we really stand on transparency? What is left to do? And how far should we go? In this video we provide some insights by experts from both sides of the debate. More ...