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European Union’s China challenge

European Union’s China challenge

June 7, 2021

With the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the world was already a dangerous place and today it has become more dangerous as even after 16 months into the worst global health crisis in over a century, we still do not know the source of the pandemic. However, there are some encou...

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FTA with EU, potential minefield for beleaguered India

FTA with EU, potential minefield for beleaguered India

May 10, 2021

The latest EU-India Summit, held over internet on Saturday, had a very unique feature. While in the past the Summit has involved Indian Prime Minister, the head of European Council, the head of government of the country that holds the presidency of the EU at the moment of the sum...

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EU-China investment deal clouds ties with US

EU-China investment deal clouds ties with US

January 28, 2021

On December 30 last year, after seven years of protracted and sometimes difficult negotiations, the European Union and China agreed in principle on a landmark investment treaty that Brussels insists will resolve longstanding problems faced by European companies in the country. Th...

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Brexit done, time to put UK-India ties on new footing

Brexit done, time to put UK-India ties on new footing

January 11, 2021

At the stroke of the midnight on December 31, 2020, the United Kingdom left the EU single market and the Customs Union after 47 years of membership of the European Union. While this was a cause of celebration for some, it was a sombre moment for many others not only in the UK but...

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Google & Facebook face anti-trust heat across globe

Google & Facebook face anti-trust heat across globe

December 17, 2020

Few had imagined the scenario even five years ago, but the seemingly invincible Big Tech firms Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple are all facing the heat of competition authorities across the globe as government regulators finally wake up to the threats to a fair and free market ...

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An eye on business, EU, US turn the other away from India’s human rights situation

An eye on business, EU, US turn the other away from India’s human rights situation

October 18, 2020

The decision of Amnesty International to shut down its office in India last month following a freeze of its bank accounts ordered by the Indian government over some alleged malpractices drew a rare response from the government of United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson that e...

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Why India should not rush into a free trade deal with UK or EU

Why India should not rush into a free trade deal with UK or EU

September 15, 2020

Last week the UK and Japan announced that they had reached a bilateral free trade agreement that would govern their trade ties from the year 2020 when the UK completed its exit from the European Union and hence also exited the ambit of the EU-Japan trade pact. Both the countries ...

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EU India Virtual Summit 2020: Beating around the bush

EU India Virtual Summit 2020: Beating around the bush

July 19, 2020

Last week has seen yet another EU-India Summit come and go. As in the past two decades, the meet was noticeable only for the absence of any real meat on the table.

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EU-India Virtual Summit a turning point in bilateral ties

EU-India Virtual Summit a turning point in bilateral ties

July 16, 2020

Sunil Prasad, secretary general of the Europe India Chamber of Commerce (EICC), the apex trade body promoting Indian businesses in EU, has been a keen observer of the development of relationship between the two sides. In an interview, Prasad says that even though there was no pro...

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EU-India virtual summit: Building on mutual strength

EU-India virtual summit: Building on mutual strength

July 13, 2020

Though it may be a virtual summit, Secretary General of Europe India Chamber of Commerce Sunil Prasad says he has high expectations of some real results from EU-India virtual summit meeting scheduled for Wednesday.

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Is Italy turning its back on EU?

Is Italy turning its back on EU?

June 1, 2020

Having been let down by fellow EU members while it was struggling with coronavirus pandemic, Italians are increasingly hostile towards the community, and with fairly good reasons.

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Trump’s trade terror tactics

Trump’s trade terror tactics

March 13, 2020

Hundreds of millions of the world’s poor could be badly hit by Donald Trump’s distorted vision of the global economy and trade. Last month, United States President Donald Trump abruptly ‘reclassified’ over half a dozen nations in terms of their economic status. Overnight,...

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