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EU steps up WTO action against China’s forced technology transfers
“With this move, the EU significantly broadens and deepens the scope of its WTO action against Chinese measures on forced technology transfers. This step is taken in the light of additional findings concerning the incompatibility of the Chinese measures on the approval of investments and the protection of foreign companies’ intellectual property rights with the agreed multilateral rules.”
[European Commission]

U.S.-China trade war takes toll on European manufacturing
“Manufacturing growth in both Germany and Spain was modest, easing to the weakest in around two-and-a-half years. British factories, however, ramped up stockpiling as they prepared for possible border delays when Britain leaves the European Union in less than three months’ time.”

Middle East

Iran, EU reviewing comprehensive customs agreement
“The official said the agreement with the EU would mean cooperation on land or sea customs.
‘The agreement includes administrative cooperation like document exchange and inquiry between European countries and Iran customs,’ he added.”
[Tasnim News Agency]


Who will speak for Africa with Brussels?
“The re-negotiation of the Cotonou Agreement which expires in May 2020, between the EU and 79 countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP), was seen as a key test for the AU’s new role.”