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Governments should renew efforts to reform support to agriculture

Friday, July 19th, 2019

Governments worldwide provide more than USD 500 billion in often ineffective and trade distorting support to farmers each year, and efforts to reform these policies have largely stalled, according to a new OECD report. Agricultural Policy Monitoring and Evaluation 2019 shows that farm policies in the 53 countries studied in the report – all OECD […]

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Antitrust: European Commission opens investigation into possible anti-competitive conduct of Amazon

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation to assess whether Amazon’s use of sensitive data from independent retailers who sell on its marketplace is in breach of EU competition rules. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “European consumers are increasingly shopping online. E-commerce has boosted retail competition and brought more choice and […]

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Has The Brexit Disease Reached Leinster House? By John Bruton

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

By John Bruton, former Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach) The fact that Dail Eireann voted yesterday to reject an EU Trade and Investment deal with Mercosur, that took 20 years to negotiate, and that few members could have read,  shows that Irish politics is not immune to the Brexit disease that has infected British politics.  This disease consists […]

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The United States Doesn’t Need Tariffs to Level the Playing Field

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

By Antonio de Lecea The US administration just announced a new $4 billion list of European Union (EU) products which it could apply additional tariffs on in response to the ongoing dispute between both sides of the Atlantic over government subsidies to aerospace companies Boeing and Airbus. While the United States thinks it can create […]

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President-elect Ursula von der Leyen: Towards a new Commission (2019-2024)

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

“We will do it the European way” On 16 July 2019 the European Parliament elected Ursula von der Leyen the future President of the European Commission. She is the first woman to be President-elect of the European Commission.  A European by heart and by conviction, Ursula von der Leyen announced that she will focus on an ambitious […]

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Bretton Woods: 75 years later – Thinking about the next 75 – Paris

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

G7 high-level conference – Paris, 16 July 2019 – Bretton Woods: 75 years later – Thinking about the next 75 Welcome address by François Villeroy de Galhau, Governor of the Banque de France Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a great pleasure to welcome you to this G7 high-level conference dedicated to the next 75 years […]

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European Parliament elects Ursula von der Leyen as first female Commission President

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

With 383 votes in favour, the European Parliament elected Ursula von der Leyen President of the next European Commission in a secret ballot on 16 July. She is set to take office on 1 November 2019 for a five-year term. There were 733 votes cast, one of which was not valid. 383 members voted in […]

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Euro area international trade in goods surplus €23.0 bn – €7.8 bn surplus for EU28

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

Euro area The first estimate for euro area (EA19) exports of goods to the rest of the world in May 2019 was €203.4 billion, an increase of 7.1% compared with May 2018 (€189.9 bn). Imports from the rest of the world stood at €180.3 bn, a rise of 4.2% compared with May 2018 (€173.0 bn). […]

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Summer 2019 Economic Forecast for Europe: Growth clouded by external factors

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

The European economy is set for its seventh consecutive year of growth in 2019, with all Member States’ economies due to expand. Growth in the euro area was stronger than expected in the first quarter of the year due to a number of temporary factors such as mild winter conditions and a rebound in car […]

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European Council appoints new EU leaders

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

The European Council elected today Charles Michel as President of the European Council. The President of the European Council is elected for the period from 1 December 2019 until 31 May 2022. The mandate of two and a half years of the President of the European Council is renewable once. The European Council also welcomed […]

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