EU trade commissioner Karel De Gucht speaks during a discussion on transatlantic trade and investment  in Washington. Photograph: AFP/Getty

Negotiators seeking to conclude a trade agreement between the US and Europe must “step up a gear,” the EU’s trade commissioner Karel de Gucht s(...)

Brush with death: rescuers pull a garment worker alive from the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building, in Savar, outside Dhaka. Photograph: Reuters

It was an image of horror that made people in the West think uncomfortable thoughts about the human cost of the clothes on their backs: a couple embra(...)

Making waves: the EU and US appear keen on reducing trade barriers, such as tariffs, but any trade deal is still a long way off. Photograph: Tim Rue/Bloomberg

Negotiators from the European Union and the United States are meeting in Washington this week for the latest round of negotiations on an economic pact(...)

European Union trade commissioner Karel de Gucht: issued warning on duty if no deal can be brokered

The EU and China have agreed the broad outlines for a possible settlement to their trade dispute over solar panels but must still wrestle with the det(...)

The trade row between China and the European Union looks set to get uglier, as the Beijing government says it still has cards to play in the dispute a(...)

A salesman displays a bottle of French Cotes de Bourg wine to a customer at a wine expo in Beijing, this week. Photograph: Reuters

China has launched an anti-dumping and anti-subsidy probe in European wine in response to the European Union’s decision to impose duties on imports o(...)

Last month, the commission announced plans to impose provisional duties on Chinese manufacturers of solar panels, following a nine-month inquiry, in one of the biggest trade cases of its kind.

Solar panels imported from China will face an 11 per cent tariff – instead of the 47 per cent tax proposed last month – as Brussels moves to avert a t(...)

The European Union’s trade chief vowed to tax solar panels from China next month in the largest EU commercial dispute of its kind while urging Chinese(...)

A German national flag  in front of solar panels in Bad Hersfeld. Photograph:  Lisi Niesner/Reuters

Germany’s vice-chancellor and economy minister put Berlin on a collision course with Brussels by warning that imposing anti-dumping duties on s(...)

The European Commission plans to send a formal warning to China that it is ready to levy sanctions against telecoms equipment makers Huawei and ZTE over illegal subsidies, people close to the matter said.

The European Commission plans to send a formal warning to China that it is ready to levy trade duties against telecoms equipment makers Huawei (...)