- Germany: Volkswagen CEO speaks out against rightwing AfD partyThe chief executive of Volkswagen AG (VOW.XE), Germany's largest industrial group, on Monday took a rare stand in national politics, issuing a statement to condemn the election to parliament of the nationalist Alternative for Deutschland party as shocking and a watershed in Germany's postwar history. The anti-immigration AfD won 13% of the vote on Sunday as […]
- New briefing informs investors about potential material risks related to digital rights"Poor Digital Rights Performance - Who Pays the Price?", 20 Sep 2017 Digital rights provide a framework for evaluating risks associated with the management and use of content and personal data by companies that provide highly valued digital services upon which people increasingly depend... The financial implications of digital rights issues are growing rapidly, reshaping how […]
- 37 States endorse Call to Action to end forced labour, modern slavery & human trafficking at roundtable convened by UK Prime Minister"A Call to Action to end forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking." 20 September 2017 [The latest figures of 40 million people trapped in modern slavery, outlined in the 2017 Global Estimates of Modern Slavery and Child Labour, signal the urgent need for action.] The UK Prime Minister convened a Roundtable at which 37 […]
- 2017 Corporate Accountability Index on digital rights reveals cos. do not disclose enough information to users"Ranking Digital Rights: 2017 Corporate Accountability Index", 20 Sep 2017 Together, the companies evaluated...offer products and services...used by at least half of the world’s 3.7 billion internet users. We regret to report that companies do not disclose enough information to...users about policies and practices affecting freedom of expression and privacy. As a result, most of the […]
- UK: Uber in London must value its drivers as well as its customers"Uber in London: Firm Must Value Its Drivers as well as Its Customers," 25 September 2017 ...London is the latest location where Uber is facing serious challenges. Transport for London, the city’s transport authority, has denied it a new licence to operate, which would effectively shut down the company’s operations in London...Uber’s problems are a classic example […]
- EU seeks more protection for gig economy workers"EU Seeks More Protection for Uber-Style Jobs," 24 September 2017 The European Commission wants more social protection and rights for casual workers, such as those in the "gig economy", and others with non-standard contracts to try to tackle growing social inequality. The Commission's consultation document on these plans, seen by Reuters, is part of a broader […]
- Affected communities abandon court action in Brazil to enforce Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron over pollution"Lago Agrio: LAPs [Lago Agrio Plaintiffs] Abandon Recognition and Enforcement Effort in Brazil", 25 Sep 2017 The group representing the Lago Agrio plaintiffs announced last week that they have abandoned their efforts to have the Lago Agrio judgment recognized and enforced in Brazil. The announcement came on the same day the case was to be […]
- Un collectif de défense des chrétiens d'Orient dépose plainte en France pour complicité de crimes contre l'humanité contre Lafarge pour avoir financé Daech en Syrie« Lafarge en Syrie: plainte pour "complicité de crimes contre l'humanité" », 25 septembre 2017 Un collectif de défense des chrétiens d'Orient a déposé plainte pour "complicité de crimes contre l'humanité" contre le cimentier Lafarge, mis en cause pour avoir indirectement financé des groupes armés en Syrie dont l'organisation Etat islamique (EI)... ..."Les dirigeants du […]
- France : Plus du tiers des entreprises du SBF 120 se mobilisent autour des Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU, selon une étude« Deux ans après leur adoption, les Objectifs de développement durable commencent à réellement mobiliser les entreprises », 25 septembre 2017 Deux ans après leur adoption par les Nations unies, les Objectifs de développement durable (ODD) sont sortis de la confidentialité pour les entreprises françaises. Parmi le SBF 120, plus d’un tiers d’entre elles se […]
- Bangladesh: Brands need to step up on compensation after new garment factory fire, says Clean Clothes CampaignAt least six people were killed in a textile mill fire in Bangladesh last Wednesday. Clean Clothes Campaign expresses its heart-felt condolences to the families of the deceased. In order not to leave them destitute without just compensation for employment injury, it is imperative that brands, employers and the Government of Bangladesh step up to […]
Brexit again it will not go away
We had the vote because the politicians could not decide whether we stayed in The EU.
Just over half of the country agreed to leave.
We are really still in a position where half the country wants to stay in.
How can we find a solution to sort this.
The only answer is we have to go forward in the interest of the country. NOT THE INDIVIDUAL.
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- “We need to adjust and react“: Public Forum calls for more inclusive global trading systemThe WTO’s annual Public Forum opened on 26 September with keynote speakers issuing heartfelt pleas for a more inclusive global trading system where the benefits of trade are more widely shared among all communities.
- New handbook provides up-to-date guidance on WTO dispute settlement proceedingsA new edition of A Handbook on the WTO Dispute Settlement System, co-published by the WTO and Cambridge University Press, was issued today (26 September 2017). Prepared by dispute settlement lawyers from the Legal Affairs Division and the Rules Division of the WTO Secretariat and from the Appellate Body Secretariat, this handbook provides practical information […]
- Russia accepts TRIPS amendment to ease poor countries’ access to affordable medicinesOn 22 September 2017 the Russian Federation deposited its instrument of acceptance for the 2005 protocol amending the WTO’s Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) with WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo. This brings to 118 the total number of WTO members that have agreed to make the protocol a permanent part of the […]
- WTO dispute panel established to rule on Chinese farm import quotasAt its meeting on 22 September, the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) agreed to establish a panel to rule on a complaint filed by the United States regarding China’s administration of its tariff rate quotas (TRQs) for certain imported farm goods. The DSB also formally adopted the panel report, as amended by the Appellate Body, […]
- WTO upgrades forecast for 2017 as trade rebounds stronglyWTO economists have issued a strong upward revision to their forecast for 2017 trade expansion following a sharp acceleration in global trade growth in the first half of the year.
- Ukraine files WTO complaint over Kazakhstan steel dutiesUkraine has requested WTO consultations with Kazakhstan regarding anti-dumping measures levied by Kazakhstan on certain types of steel pipes imported from Ukraine. The request was circulated to WTO members on 21 September.
- WTO members review Korea-Colombia, Korea-India trade agreementsWTO members reviewed the Korea-Colombia Free Trade Agreement and the Korea-India Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement at a meeting of the Committee on Regional Trade Agreements (CRTA) on 20 September. They also discussed the committee’s other work in terms of notifications of RTAs and consultations on the issue of following up on the 2015 Nairobi ministerial […]
- Trade Policy Review: ParaguayThe fourth review of the trade policies and practices of Paraguay takes place on 20 and 22 September 2017. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of Paraguay.
- Australia gives AUD 1.4 million to help developing countries participate in global tradeThe government of Australia is contributing over AUD 1.4 million (CHF 1.1 million) to WTO trade-related programmes to help developing countries and in particular least-developed countries (LDCs) participate in multilateral trade negotiations and better access global markets.
- WTO announces winner of 2017 Essay Award for Young EconomistsThe winner of the 2017 WTO Essay Award for Young Economists is Meredith Startz of Princeton University. Her paper, “The Value of Face-to-Face: Search and Contracting Problems in Nigerian Trade”, was ranked first by the Selection Panel. She was presented with her prize of CHF 5,000 at the annual meeting of the European Trade Study […]
- Where to now, Germany?Many observers were waiting for the German elections to see where Berlin would steer Europe, and in the expectation that it could unlock Brexit discussions. Open Europe's Leopold Traugott analyses what the election results mean for Eurozone reform, Brexit negotiations and EU integration in general.The post Where to now, Germany? appeared first on Open Europe.
- Renaissance or Pudding? European reaction to Theresa May’s Florence speechOpen Europe’s Marta Vokshi and Leopold Traugott take a look at the European reactions to Prime Minister Theresa May’s much anticipated Florence speech on Brexit.The post Renaissance or Pudding? European reaction to Theresa May’s Florence speech appeared first on Open Europe.
- Open Europe responds to Theresa May’s Florence speechTheresa May today set forward the UK government's agreed position for a sensible and time-limited "standstill" transition arrangement.The post Open Europe responds to Theresa May’s Florence speech appeared first on Open Europe.
- Open Europe’s preview of Theresa May’s Florence speechAhead of the Prime Minister’s speech in Florence, Open Europe's Director, Henry Newman, examines the divisions in Cabinet over our future relationship with the UK - between a so-called "EEA minus" and "CETA plus" model. Henry argues that Theresa May is expected to make clear that the UK will reserve the right in future to […]
- Cabinet must decide and spell out its vision for BrexitIn an article originally published on 18th September on ConservativeHome and referenced by Rachel Sylvester in The Times, Open Europe’s Director Henry Newman writes that Boris Johnson’s article may have ruffled feathers, but that the row risks overshadowing a crucial question about the kind of country the UK wants to be after a Brexit transition […]
- View from Brussels: Juncker’s State of the Union speech – the good, the bad and the uglyPieter Cleppe, Open Europe’s man in Brussels, assesses European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s “State of the Union” address.The post View from Brussels: Juncker’s State of the Union speech – the good, the bad and the ugly appeared first on Open Europe.
- UK has much to offer EU on foreign and security policy but needs to spell out how it will workOpen Europe’s Stephen Booth argues that the Government’s paper on foreign policy and defence cooperation is a useful summary and assessment of the status quo. However, if the UK wants to convince the EU27 it is serious about a “deep and special partnership” it should make specific proposals for post-Brexit cooperation in foreign and security […]
- What to expect from Jean-Claude Juncker’s “State of the Union” speech tomorrowOpen Europe has obtained the minutes of a dinner discussion on 5 September between Juncker’s chef de cabinet, Martin Selmayr, and the 28 deputy permanent representatives to the EU. The discussion covered preparations for Juncker’s speech tomorrow as well as the EU Commission’s “Working Programme” for 2017-2018. Open Europe’s Pieter Cleppe, the head of our […]
- Parliamentary battle over Repeal Bill will really heat up in OctoberThe Repeal Bill is expected to pass Second Reading with relative ease tonight but there are likely to be further battles when the Bill reaches committee stage later in the autumn. Anders Jay explains the main features of the legislation and some points of controversy.The post Parliamentary battle over Repeal Bill will really heat up […]
- How the German elections may affect BrexitGerman federal elections in late September are likely to see Angela Merkel enter her fourth term as chancellor, yet without a majority big enough to govern alone. Leopold Traugott assesses the possible outcomes of the election, and how they may influence Berlin’s position in negotiations over Brexit and future UK-EU relations.The post How the German […]