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Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of April 12, 2021

Tensions with Russia resulted in another G7 statement on the situation in and around Ukraine, while the United States (US) moved to address other Russian provocations related to cyber intrusions, election interference and bounties on US troops in Afghanistan.  The United Kingdom (UK) also denounced Russia’s malign activities.  While US lawmakers welcomed the actions against … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of April 5, 2021

European countries re-examined data this week from the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, amid increased concerns surrounding blood-clotting incidents.  The United States (US) and United Kingdom (UK) are trending toward further reopening, as inoculation levels rise.  Meanwhile, the European Union (EU) continues to face criticism with respect to its COVID-19 vaccine export control mechanism. Reports this week … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of March 22, 2021

Officials from the United States (US) reached out to European officials this week, discussing mutual concerns and priorities.  The European Union (EU) continues struggle with resolving its vaccine distribution challenges, extending its vaccine export restrictions until June.  This week, the US and European partners jointly imposed sanctions against officials from the People’s Republic of China … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of February 22, 2021

In the United States (US), President Joe Biden’s US Trade Representative nominee formally began the confirmation process, testifying before the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday and moving one-step closer to Senate approval.  The United Kingdom (UK) and Australia signed a new agreement this week, establishing a bilateral partnership – a “Space Bridge” – between their … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of February 15, 2021

United States (US) engagement with transatlantic partners came across multiple fronts this week, via the White House, State Department outreach, the NATO Defense Ministerial and Treasury Department outreach.  The European Commission released its trade strategy, with the “Open Strategic Autonomy” principle at the center, but also prioritizing strengthening the European Union (EU)-US relationship.  Effective this … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of February 8, 2021

This week in the United States (US), Senators focused on the impeachment trial for former US President Donald Trump, while the House of Representatives moved forward with the budget reconciliation process for another COVID relief bill.  US President Joe Biden announced new US sanctions on Burma, while his Administration secured contracts for additional doses of … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of February 1, 2021

The European Union’s (EU) COVID-19 vaccine export control mechanism continued to be heavily criticized this past week, including a proposal that would have invoked Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol.  This led to increased tension between the United Kingdom (UK) and EU, amid continuing post-Brexit border customs concerns with Northern Ireland.  In the United … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of January 25, 2021

Countries on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean are increasingly concerned with the spread of the COVID variants, as they work to ramp up vaccination efforts and impose travel restrictions on those countries where these variants are active.  The European Union (EU) signaled this week that it might move forward with a proposal that seeks … Continue Reading

Looking Ahead at the US Economy and Transatlantic Relations Under Biden-Harris Administration – Conversation with EU AmChams

In early December 2020, former US Speaker of the House John Boehner (Republican-Ohio) and former Chairman of the US House Democratic Caucus Joe Crowley (Democrat-New York) spoke to a group of EU AmChams, representing Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain, on their views of the Biden-Harris economic agenda, how … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of January 18, 2021

A peaceful transition of presidential power occurred in the United States (US) on Wednesday, 20 January, in Washington, D.C., with President Joe Biden now leading the country and calling for unity.  Over his first few days, President Biden immediately signed a number of orders, ranging from addressing COVID-19 to climate change and other topics.  Prior … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of January 11, 2021

The United States (US) continues to focus on the aftermath of the US Capitol Building attack on 6 January, as it looks to move forward with a peaceful transition of power this coming week.  Meanwhile, the European Union (EU) process for approving the EU-United Kingdom (UK) trade deal took another step forward this week, as … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade: US and Europe – Welcome to the Inaugural Report of 2021

All eyes were on Washington, D.C. last week, as news emerged Wednesday that the United States (US) Capitol was breached.  Order was restored quickly and Congress moved ahead with certifying the 3 November election results.  In the wake of the incident, US President Donald Trump is under pressure to resign, with just over a week … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade: US and Europe – Final Report of 2020

The United Kingdom (UK) approved its second COVID-19 vaccine this week, while the European Union (EU) moved forward quickly with distribution of its first-approved vaccine to its Member States.  United States (US) President Donald Trump signed another COVID relief measure linked to an Omnibus appropriations bill late on Sunday, after objecting initially to a number … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade: US and Europe – Week of December 14, 2020

The United States (US) approved its second COVID-19 vaccine by Moderna this week, ramping up its initial vaccine distribution and inoculations in America.  Meanwhile, the European Union (EU) decided to expedite its vaccine approval process and is now on track to authorize the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines before the end of the month.… Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade: US and Europe – Week of December 7, 2020

Last week, the United Kingdom (UK) moved forward with its first inoculations of the approved Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.  The United States (US) approved the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine on Friday, 11 December, and will begin inoculations this coming week.  The European Union (EU) continues to stress safety over speed in its vaccine approval process and has yet … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade: US and Europe – November 23 through December 6, 2020

The United Kingdom (UK) approved its first COVID-19 vaccine this past week, moving forward with its first inoculations this month.  Regulators in the United States (US) and European Union (EU) are still examining the Phase 3 clinical data but are not far behind in their respective approval processes for some vaccine candidates. Talks between the … Continue Reading

EU’s New Pharmaceutical Strategy

The European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has put an emphasis on health policy since the beginning of her term, by promoting the development of a number of initiatives that will be published in the months and years to come. Inevitably, the COVID-19 pandemic has generated a growing demand for better coordination across EU … Continue Reading

UK Government Spending Review – Highlights

Just days after Boris Johnson’s well-received 10 point plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, now it is the turn of Rishi Sunak to talk infrastructure.  For those of us with a particular interest in infrastructure, transport and energy developments, there are a number of highlights from Rishi’s announcements today.  Those with an interest in infra … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade: US and Europe – Week of November 16, 2020

States continue to certify their election results in the United States (US), amid ongoing legal challenges from US President Donald Trump.  With temperatures cooling and holidays approaching, governments on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean continue to evaluate the situation and impose or refine restrictions as COVID-19 cases continue to rise.… Continue Reading

Transition 2020 | Biden and Trade: Renewed Transatlantic Relationships

President-Elect Joe Biden is expected to prioritize rebuilding transatlantic relations, after several years of elevated tensions on a number of trade priorities. US and European officials have traded barbs on a number of fronts – from World Trade Organization (WTO) reform to the long-standing large civil aircraft dispute, and from Section 232 national security tariffs … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade: US and Europe – Week of November 9, 2020

United States (US) President Donald Trump continues to contest the 3 November election results that predict Joe Biden as President-Elect; he has filed legal challenges in several states, including where some recounts are happening.  Some European leaders have already welcomed the presumed results, while others are awaiting the formal certification of the US presidential election.… Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade: US and Europe – Week of November 2, 2020

COVID-19 cases continue to increase on both sides of the Atlantic.  While European countries continue to impose restrictions toward stemming the spread of the coronavirus, the United States (US) remains focused on the presidential election and continued ballot counting in some states.  Despite some legal challenges, Saturday saw the announcement of Democratic presidential contender Joe … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade: US and Europe – Week of October 26, 2020

There are a number of factors complicating transatlantic efforts to stem the novel coronavirus, such as lockdown fatigue and related impacts to economies.  Nonetheless, European governments continue to respond to the latest COVID-19 wave engulfing the region; the European Union (EU) is pushing Member States to remain coordinated.  While infections are similarly increasing in the … Continue Reading
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