The four Visegrad countries (V4) Poland, Hungary, the Slovak Republic and the Czech Republic share special relations with Russia, specifically in the areas of security, energy, tourism, investment and trade.
Therefore, the EU sanction regime which was introduced as a reaction to the annexation of Crimea and Russian aggression in Eastern Ukraine, has great significance in the V4 countries. So do the retaliatory bans imposed by Russia. Continue reading
The third round of negotiations between the EU and the US took place in Washington DC, in December 2013. The next round will start in mid-March 2014. Talks for a free trade deal may take longer than initially foreseen and major challenges need to be addressed to reach an agreement, but negotiations seem to be on the right track to conclude in what will become the most far reaching free trade deal ever concluded. TTIP would create the world’s largest free trade area and thereby become a virtual regulatory hegemony. Continue reading
During the most recent High Noon Lunchtime Debate by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Frank Hoffmeister, the Deputy Head of Cabinet for European Commissioner for Trade, Karel de Gucht, Emmanuel Martin, Editor of Un Monde Libre, and Frederik Cyrus Roeder, Founding Member of the European Students for Liberty, discussed the current trade regime policy of the European Union (EU). Continue reading