Ukrainian agricultural companies from Agroton Public Ltd. to Kernel Holding SA are rallying on speculation the government will reach a trade pact with the European Union that will help them boost exports.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel sparred with hecklers waving anti-free trade banners today at a rally in Hamburg, saying that the city’s wealth is proof enough of how important trade is to Europe’s well-being.
Planned European Union curbs on Chinese solar panels would last less than half as long as normal trade protection, marking a victory not just for China but also for Germany, the U.K. and other free-market proponents in the EU’s biggest dispute of its kind.
European Union Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht asked for a mandate to negotiate a free trade accord with the U.S. that the EU says would add more than 86 billion euros ($112 billion) a year to the bloc’s economy.
The Federal Reserve will release minutes from its Jan. 28-29 meeting, the last presided over by former Chairman Ben S. Bernanke and at which policy makers further reduced the central bank’s record stimulus.
China should invest more in the European Union as the bloc struggles with a spreading recession, financial-market instability and political uncertainty about how to battle the debt crisis, EU trade chief Karel De Gucht said.
The European Union is seeking public views on how negotiations with the U.S. should handle rules for settling disputes between investors and nations, as they are likely to remain part of a proposed free-trade accord.