Macron pushes EU to take tougher stance in trade talks

Financial Times, Oct 17, 2017
by Anne-Sylvaine Chassany and Jim Brunsden

Emmanuel Macron will demand that the EU harden its approach to free trade talks when he meets his counterparts in Brussels this week, as the French president seeks to show critics at home that the bloc can be more protective of French farmers and workers.

Mr Macron wants EU leaders at their summit on Thursday and Friday to instruct the European Commission to put a brake on trade talks with South America’s Mercosur and revisit its strategy before pursuing negotiations with Australia and New Zealand, according to French diplomats.

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