After 20 years of negotiations, the free trade agreement between the European Union and the South American common market (Mercosur) becomes reality. It is an agreement comprising political, environmental and social cooperation in two areas totalling 773 million people and 122 billion euros of commerce in goods and services. Nonetheless, the agreement has been framed…

In this IFLRY Online Session, IFLRY’s new Free Trade Programme Manager, Michel Nentwig, presents the challenges that free trade policies are facing in these years. If you are interested in the work of the Free Trade Programme and missed the session, you can listen to the full recording below. For future updates on the work…

Our nation’s wealth exists mostly because of globalisation and free trade. And yet, more and more often, globalisation is seen as something bad. For the most part however, these opinions are not based on facts but on rhetoric expressed by people who feel left behind. As a small country we have to import a lot…

Free Trade, Trade War, Tariffs, World Trade, Poverty, Job Cuts, Protecting Jobs. These are words and phrases that have dominated world news in the past few months, undoubtedly as a result of what has been termed the Trump effect. Many people are uncertain about the long-term economic consequences of President Trump’s increased tariffs on some…

For the past 3 months, Sustainable Development has been one of the more frequented topics of conversation in the International Community, with Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, being the pinnacle of these discussions. The main focus of Habitat III was the New Urban Agenda; a conversation on how,…

The United States and The European Union are currently negotiating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, commonly referred to as TTIP, that aims to create the world’s largest free-trade zone. The ideas behind TTIP are straight forward, to simplify trade and investment, integrate countries and to strengthen economies. It aims to do so by reducing…