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Next Trade War; Blaming Meat Industry; Taiwan Trouble

Next Trade War The EU Commission is moving forward on its goal of ensuring that constraints imposed on European producers will also be applied to imports. Those constraints may go beyond environment as one French official declared, “we have, in South America, countries that deforest, that do not place the same limitations as us on phytosanitary products, that do not have the same work requirements as us.” Europe wants to be the global standard setter, blocking imports from any country that fails to meet its metrics.  The EU is not alone. The Biden Administration wants to be the global standard setter for human rights, imposing restrictions on countries that do not meet the “American” standard. Notably, the U.S...

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