“The EU’s new trade strategy: Gearing up for competition over values”, Okko-Pekka Salmimies and Saila Turtiainen (FIIA, Finland)

The EU’s new trade strategy instrumentalizes trade policy more forcefully in order to promote EU values such as democracy and human rights. A value-based and more defensive trade policy can lead to conflicts spirals, especially with China. The EU also needs to be prepared for potential setbacks in developing the transatlantic relations.

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