The negotiations for a region-wide EU-Asean free trade agreement (FTA) were launched in 2007 under the mantle of the EU's new partnerships with Asia.
A protester joins a rally against the Thai-EU free trade negotiations which are taking place in Chiang Mai this week. Critics of the trade deal fear it will limit Thai people’s access to medicines and food and damage the environment and rural livelihoods. TAWATCHAI KEMGUMNERD
A year later the world was hit by a global economic crisis, the effects of which continue to reverberate, not least in the EU.
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