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How the Transatlantic Trade Agenda Can Get Its Groove Back in 2020


Bretton Woods Committee  | Mon, Jan 27, 2020

by Barbara C. Matthews


EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and US President Donald J. Trump articulated an ambitious—and familiar—trade policy agenda in Davos on January 21.  Once again, Brussels and Washington will attempt to negotiate a bilateral free trade deal. The Financial Times reports that Trump and Von der Leyen separately announced efforts to conclude an agreement this spring on “trade, technology, and energy” and full trade deal in November. 

This is a welcome initiative, but it is not entirely new. My Atlantic Council colleagues and I have been recommending since 2018 that EU and US trade negotiators focus on services and technology.

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