The Tunisian administration needs to increase dialogue with civil society and business, says Anna Block Mazoyer. Photo: European Parliament, Flickr.com
Of: Ismail Bazine and Miguel Largo Vergara
The economic development in Tunisia has not gone as desired since the Jasmine Revolution in 2011. A decade later, Tunisia's streets and squares are once again filled with protesters begging for better living conditions. A free trade agreement with the EU could create prosperity in Tunisia, despite this, there is a great deal of suspicion within the country's civil society. The Swedish ambassador, Anna Block Mozayer, discusses this and the significance, opportunities and challenges of the free trade agreement.
January 26, 2021, Interview
Today's large - scale food production is bad for both people and the environment, writes Lisa Tover.
Of: Lisa Tover
The global food industry creates everything from hunger and devastation of rainforest to obesity and large emissions of greenhouse gases. Profit interests rule and a few giant companies completely dominate. Now we have to take back control of the food and shorten the path from farm to fork, writes Lisa Tover from the association Framtidsjorden.
June 4, 2020, Debate
When we buy meat from Brazil, it increases the risk of deforestation. Therefore, the meat trade should be outside the EU's new free trade agreement with Mercosur, writes Lina Arvidsson. Photo: Vinícius Mendonça / Ibama (CC BY 2.0)
Of: Lina Arvidsson
The EU has, since its inception, lived on the idea that trade can ensure peace. In a changing world, the EU must tackle new threats to global peace - namely climate change. This requires a new trade policy. The free trade agreement with the South American countries in Mercosur may mark a turnaround, writes Lina Arvidsson.
November 13, 2019, Debate
Can a trade agreement with Cuba lead to a dialogue on democracy and human rights? Or is it the other way around? Photo: Mstyslav Chernov (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Of: Susanne Bartholdsson
For the second time this year, the government has submitted a proposal to the Riksdag to approve the new trade agreement between the EU and Cuba. The agreement is presented as a precondition for cooperation and dialogue with Cuba on democracy and human rights. But on the debate pages, opinions differ on the new trade agreement.
November 7, 2019, Current debate
Of: Carl Schlyter
Christoffer Fjellner's claim that the TTIP free trade agreement would create growth in third countries is too good to be true. It is high time to calm the debate about TTIP's most exaggerated benefits and actually take the risks that the agreement may entail seriously, Carl Schlyter writes in a reply.
April 21, 2016, Debate
Of: Christopher Fjellner
The EU-US Free Trade Agreement would also facilitate trade for third countries. They get a set of rules to adapt to, instead of two. In addition, the agreement leads to increased demand for products from low-income countries. That is why everyone benefits from the free trade agreement, writes MEP Christofer Fjellner (M).
April 12, 2016, Debate
Of: Annelie Andersson and Edgardo Garcia
The world's small farmers account for 70 percent of the world's food production, even though they only have access to 24 percent of the world's agricultural land. New trade agreements and seed laws also benefit large international companies and make it difficult to survive as smallholders, write the Latin American groups and the Latin American smallholder network CLOC-La Via Campesina Central America.
April 17, 2015, Debate
Of: Jytte Guteland
When the EU signs trade agreements with developing countries, the EU's own interests often come first. The agreements benefit large and resourceful companies and countries, while the goods of poor countries lose value. Now the EU must begin to stand up for fair cooperation where development and social growth are rewarded, writes MEP Jytte Guteland (s).
March 3, 2015, Debate
Of: Diana Van
Consumers make a difference by buying coffee from developing countries. When the EU's new trade agreement with Kenya and other East African countries enters into force, Swedish consumers will be able to get help from a new product label to see which products have been imported without barriers to trade. It writes Diana Van, project manager at Frivärld
January 13, 2015, Debate
Of: Stefan de Vylder
Relations between the EU and Africa are worse than in a long time, which is partly due to the EPA negotiations on trade policy. Stefan de Vylder, economist, gives in this article a brief background to the controversies - what are you really arguing about?
December 4, 2014, Debate