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  • Europe: Foreign Direct Investment Under Scrutiny

    Responding to recent calls from France, Germany and other Member States for stricter controls on foreign takeovers, Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, has proposed a new EU framework for the screening of foreign direct investment. Although the proposed Regulation comes in large part in reaction to the rise in Chinese investment into…

  • Key Business Developments on the EU Antitrust Scene

    During the Commission’s summer break we bring together some developments on the EU antitrust scene, which have the potential to affect the way companies do business in the EU. The first concerns the Coty case, which reopened the discussion around possible harmful free-riding effects of selling over through third party platforms. Second, given the press…

  • Brexit Bowl – Views from China

    July is usually when the thoughts of politicians and officials from across Europe begin to turn to sun, sea and sangria, and dreams about strengthening the Union (the European Union) are put on the back burner for a month or two. But for the Brexit negotiators holed up on both sides of the Channel, there…

  • EU Trade: Where To Now?

    Last October, the EU signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada. This occurred just days before Donald Trump won the US presidential election with a campaign frequently attacking US trade deals as hurtful to the US. Many trade advocates in Brussels and across the EU have breathed a sigh of relief that…

  • It’s the End of Trade Policy As We Know It

    By John Clancy, Senior Advisor and former EU Trade spokesperson (2010-2014) There were sighs of relief among EU officials Sunday as the EU-Canada trade deal known as CETA was finally signed by visiting Canadian premier Justin Trudeau and his EU counterparts. Enormous credit should go to the EU’s chief negotiator Mauro Petriccione who has tirelessly…

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