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Monthly Report No. 1/2019

Richard Grieveson (), Julia Grübler (), Peter Havlik and Roman Stöllinger ()
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No 2019-01, wiiw Monthly Reports from The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, wiiw

Abstract: Chart of the month The euro turns 20 by Richard Grieveson Opinion corner Chinese foreign investment A dangerous obsession or a new normal? by Peter Havlik How the EU has been shaping the world trade order by Julia Grübler The world trading system based on rules laid out by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) is under acute threat by the United States blocking the reappointment of appeals judges and the standstill in the Doha Round negotiations. Reasons include the increasing number, heterogeneity and economic power of developing countries engaging in international trade and in multilateral trade negotiations. This article reviews the EU’s trade relations with developing countries from the early steps until today. Wanted EU free trade agreements that fit the optimal degree of trade integration by Roman Stöllinger Free trade is generally seen as an instrument to foster efficiency and growth and few would doubt that the European economic integration was and is a big success story. Therefore, the EU started negotiating numerous free trade agreements with extra-European partners, particularly in Asia, once it was clear that no further progress in the WTO arena would be achieved any time soon. Until recently, little attention was paid to the fact that the liberalisation drive would also entail ‘pains from trade’ which tend to grow with the heterogeneity of the involved partners. This article therefore argues in favour of ‘an optimal degree’ of trade liberalisation. Monthly and quarterly statistics for Central, East and Southeast Europe

Keywords: euro; eurozone; foreign direct investment; Belt and Road Initiative; new world order; world trading system; World Trade Organisation; Generalised System of Preferences; developing countries; free trade agreements; optimal degree of trade integration; tariffs; non-tariff measures (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 42 pages including 23 Figures
Date: 2019-01
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