EU and China may ‘drift apart’ due to political tensions and economic disputes, warns Dombrovskis

The relations between the European Union and China stand at a “crossroads” as a result of mounting political tensions and a litany of economic disputes that remain unresolved, says Valdis…

State of the Union: Was von der Leyen’s speech a precursor to EU election campaign?

Ursula von der Leyen delivered a “reactive” as well as an “election campaign” speech this week, one expert argues. This week saw one of the highlights of the political calendar…

China issues warning to EU Commission over electric vehicle probe

China has warned the EU Commission that an investigation into electric vehicles could damage business relations and increase prices for European car buyers China has warned that the EU Commission’s…

Mixed response from MEPs after State of the EU speech

While the party she herself is a member of praised the speech, other parliamentary groups remained sceptical about Ursula von der Leyen’s priorities. Members of the European Parliament had mixed…

Everything we know about the EU inquiry into Chinese electric cars

It was the big surprise of the State of the Union speech: the European Union is launching a trade inquiry into Chinese electric vehicles. “Competition is only true as long…

Ursula von der Leyen tours microchips hub but stays mum about new Chinese restrictions

Ursula von der Leyen visited on Friday the Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre (IMEC), based in Leuven, Belgium. The European Commission president’s tour is meant to promote the European Chips Act, a…

China restricts exports of two metals that the EU considers of ‘strategic’ importance

China has imposed restrictions on the exports of gallium and germanium, ratcheting up trade tensions with Western allies. Gallium and germanium are silvery-white metals that can be found in a…

EU countries are lifting COVID testing requirements for travellers from China later this month

EU countries have agreed to phase out pre-departure COVID-19 testing for travellers from China by the end of the month. When China reopened its borders and eased its strict zero-COVID…

EU ‘strongly’ encourages negative COVID-19 test for travellers coming from China

European Union member states agreed on Wednesday to “strongly encourage” a requirement that would obligate all travellers coming from China, regardless of nationality, to present a negative COVID-19 test as the number…