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Trade-related topics

WTI faculty and researchers can provide interviews on the following areas:

-    Trade & migration
-    Trade & environment/climate
-    Trade & investment
-    Trade & agriculture/food security
-    Trade & energy
-    Trade & commodities
-    Trade & development
-    Trade & intellectual property
-    Trade & emerging technologies
-    Trade in services
-    Trade & human rights

We can also provide interview partners on specific topical issues, such as US trade policy, multilateral trade agreements, digital technology, Swiss-EU relations and Brexit. We are happy to handle your requests for interviews in English, German, French or other languages. To arrange an interview, obtain a comment, or for further information, please contact Sophia Thompson.

High resolution photos of WTI premises and management are available in the Press Downloads section. Please credit @wti

Media Files

In the Press

In the Press

Ceta en het klimaat Vrijhandel als ecologisch gevaar

Een van de bezwaren tegen het Ceta-handelsverdrag met Canada is volgens critici dat landen hun nationale soevereiniteit uitleveren aan multinationals. Dat staat doortastend klimaatbeleid in de weg. Toch is Ceta in vergelijking met oudere verdragen een vooruitgang. Peter Van den Bossche talks to De Groene Amsterdammer

26 Feb 2020

Diederik Baazil, De Groene Amsterdammer

In the Press

Nederland is ‘pingponngbal’ in strijd VS en China

Nederland is een pingpongbal. Een speelballetje dat heen en weer wordt geslagen door China en de Verenigde Staten, stelt Kees Verhoeven. ‘Ik kan je verzekeren: dat is echt geen fijne positie om in te verkeren’, zegt het Tweede Kamerlid van regeringspartij D66.

16 Jan 2020

Bas Knoop, the Dutch Financial Times

In the Press

Ook Europa wil buiten WTO om klappen uitdelen

Wereldhandelsorganisatie Mondiale handelsoorlogen dreigen te escaleren nu de VS de WTO hebben lamgelegd. Ook de EU wil nu eenzijdig terug kunnen slaan. Peter Van den Bossche speaks on the future of the WTO

13 Dec 2019

Mark Beunderman and Clara van de Wiel, NRC

In the Press

‘Ik vrees dat de wereldhandel teruggaat naar het recht van de sterkste’

De VS dwarsbomen het hoogste internationale handelsgerecht, de beroepsinstantie van de WTO. Ze blokkeren benoemingen van rechters en draaien de geldkraan dicht. Daardoor kunnen landen ongestraft aan protectionisme doen, stelt de WTO-rechter Peter Van den Bossche.

11 Dec 2019

Daan Ballegeer, Financieele Dagblad (FD), the Dutch Financial Times

In the Press

Ook WTO op punt van ‘hersendood’

Wereldhandelsorganisatie Deze week dreigt de regering-Trump de WTO, de scheidsrechter van de wereldhandel, de nek om te draaien. De VS hebben het hoogste orgaan van de handelsorganisatie in het vizier.

8 Dec 2019

Mark Beunderman, NRC

In the Press

Alarmstufe Rot für den Welthandel

Trump legt das WTO-Schiedsgericht lahm. Regiert in Handelstreitigkeiten künftig das Gesetz des Dschungles? Im Gespräch mit Peter Van den Bossche.

5 Dec 2019

Johannes Ritter, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

In the Press

Global trade umpire: the next casualty of Trump's tariff war?

U.S. President Donald Trump has upended the global trade order with a slew of tariffs on economic rivals: now, Washington has redoubled its efforts to paralyze the very body designed to settle such disputes.

18 Nov 2019

Philip Blenkinsop, Reuters

In the Press

"Trade in worst crisis in 70 years"

After a period of more than nine years, Peter van den Bossche retired in March as judge of the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization (WTO). "With a heavy heart," he says, because of the "existential crisis" that world trade is in.

18 Oct 2019

Dorinde Meuzelaar, De Telegraaf

In the Press

Escalatie handelsoorlog slecht voor Nederland

Met de herstart van de onderhandelingen tussen de Verenigde Staten en China keerde dit weekend de rust op het wereldhandelstoneel even terug. Tot Amerika dinsdag nieuwe tarieven tegen de EU aankondigde, met slecht nieuws voor Nederland. (Prof Manfred Elsig)

3 Jul 2019

Dorinde Meuzelaar, De Telegraaf

In the Press

Qué piensa Europa del acuerdo con el Mercosur: apoyos y detractores, país por país

El histórico entendimiento alcanzado con el bloque sudamericano genera fuertes divisiones entre las 28 naciones que integran la Unión Europea, e incluso al interior de algunas de ellas. Una radiografía para entender qué se discutirá antes de firmar el tratado final (Prof Manfred Elsig)

7 Jul 2019

Darío Mizrahi, Infobae

In the Press

Professor Van den Bossche speaks on WTO reform

For the first time in Japan, the G20 = 20 major countries summit will be held in Osaka this month. One of the agenda items is WTO = Reform of the World Trade Organization. In this G20, the world is paying attention to the summit meeting of President Trump and vice president, but it is a theme closely related to the trade friction between the United States and China. And Japan is also a party to that debate. Why does the WTO need reform? WTO in the first place ...? I heard three keymen in Geneva, Switzerland, where the headquarters is located. (Vienna branch director Ken Ohara / London branch reporter Teruyuki Kurihara)

6 Jun 2019

NHK

In the Press

Streit um die Lufthoheit

Die USA drohen Europa mit neuen Zöllen. Diesmal geht es um einen Milliarden-Konflikt der Flugzeughersteller Airbus und Boeing. Der Fall könnte zur Belastungsprobe für das System des Welthandels werden

10 Apr 2019

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Video/Audio

Video/Audio

The Emma Barnett Show

Joseph Francois talks to Emma Barnett about US-UK trade negotiations and the impact of the Coronavirus on the global economy.

2 Mar 2020

Emma Barnett, BBC

Video/Audio

WTO - Lösungsversuche sind gescheitert

Die Welthandelsorganisation WTO wird entscheidungsunfähig, weil es nicht gelang, neue Richter für das Schlichtungsgericht zu nominieren. Nun steht das Welthandelssystem auf der Kippe. Im Gespräch mit Peter Van den Bossche.

10 Dec 2019

Maren Peters/Echo der Zeit

Video/Audio

Taiwan sieht Handelskonflikt als Chance

Joseph Francois speaks to SRF Radio Echo der Zeit programme about the trade dispute between the USA and China and its effect on the global economy. Taiwan seems at present to be benefiting from the dispute.

22 Nov 2019

Maren Peters/Echo der Zeit

Video/Audio

US-Regierung torpediert WTO

Joseph Francois of the WTI and Appellate Body member Ambassador Ujal Singh Bhatia are quoted in this report by Maren Peters on how the US is hampering the work of the Appellate Body by blocking the appointment of new judges.

18 Sep 2019

Maren Peter, SRF radio, Rendez-vous programme

Video/Audio

"Wie die WTO auf Trump's Strafzölle reagiert"

Christian Häberli talks about the WTO reaction to President Trump's imposition of global tariffs on steel and aluminium imports (from 1'40", broadcast in German)

23 Jul 2019

ARD

Video/Audio

BILANZ-Business-Talk: «Bilanz»-Chefredaktor Dirk Schütz im Gespräch mit prominenten Gästen (Presse TV)

Wie wacklig ist die Weltwirtschaft? Handelsstreit zwischen den USA und China, extreme Börsenschwankungen, Europa-Schwäche: Die Nervosität in der Weltwirtschaft steigt. Kommt es zu einem Handelskrieg? Bricht die Konjunktur in Europa ein? Wie steht es um die Schweizer Wirtschaft? «Bilanz»-Chefredaktor Dirk Schütz leitet die Runde. Darüber diskutiert «Bilanz»-Chefredaktor Dirk Schütz mit folgenden Gästen: Christian Gattiker, Leiter Research, Bank Julius Bär, Manfred Elsig, Professor für Internationale Beziehungen, Universität Bern, Kurt Haerri, Marketing- und Verkaufschef von Schindler und Nannette Hechler-Fayd’herbe, Investmentchefin Credit Suisse.

24 May 2019

SRF

Video/Audio

US-Regierung will ihre Exporte fördern

Der Besuch von Bundespräsident Ueli Maurer im Weissen Haus könnte den Weg ebnen für ein Freihandelsabkommen mit den USA. 2006 ist es am Widerstand der Schweizer Bauern gescheitert. Dieses Mal soll es gelingen. Gespräch mit Manfred Elsig, Professor für Internationale Beziehungen.

17 May 2019

Echo der Zeit

Video/Audio

US Hikes China Tariffs

Manfred Elsig appeared on BBC News on Friday, 10 May 2019 to talk about Trump’s tariff move on China.

10 May 2019

BBC News Channel

Video/Audio

Tavola Rotonda Al Congressi Stefano Franscini al Monte Verità

Titolo della tavola rotonda aperta al pubblico é "Cambi climatici, Migrazione e sicurezza". L'evento viene presentato nell'ambito della conferenza "L'interconnessione tra cambi climatici e mobilità umana: un modo di definire nuovi percorsi di conoscenza" in programma dal 3 al 6 marzo. La conferenza é organizzata dal World Trade Institute in collaborazione con il Congressi Stefano Franscini/ETH Zürich. Al microfono di Jenny Alessi, Elisa Fornalé professoressa presso il SNS Fondo Nazionale svizzero per la ricerca.

4 Mar 2019

RSI

Video/Audio

Trade: Europa im Wettbewerb mit China im Hintertreffen?

Der Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie schlägt Alarm: China verzerre mit seinem Staatskapitalismus Märkte und Preise. Es kaufe europäische Firmen auf und drohe in Zukunftsmärkten technologisch den Lead zu übernehmen. Stimmt das? Frage an Manfred Elsig, Professor für Internationale Beziehungen an der Universität Bern.

11 Jan 2019

SRF

In the Press (2018 and earlier)

In the Press (2018 and earlier)

Swiss Bid for Sustainable Food May Run It Into Trade Trouble

Switzerland is set to vote on two measures intended to foster sustainable, local agriculture that could greatly complicate the import of foodstuff to the land-locked, mountainous country. Christian Häberli

21 Sep 2018

Bloomberg

In the Press (2018 and earlier)

Die richtige Antwort auf Zölle sind Gegenzölle

Interview with Professor Manfred Elsig on retaliatory tariffs as a response to tariffs on steel and aluminium imposed by US President Donald Trump.

12 Jun 2018

Republik

In the Press (2018 and earlier)

Sind die US-Strafzölle illegal?

News article questioning whether the US steel tariffs are legal, quoting Christian Häberli

5 Jun 2018

Tagesschau, Germany

In the Press (2018 and earlier)

Die Tücken im Handel mit China

Professor Joseph Francois discusses Swiss-China trade relations with Christoph Aebischer from the Bund / Tagesanzeiger.

26 Apr 2018

Der Bund / Tagesanzeiger

In the Press (2018 and earlier)

Auch die EU schaltet die WTO ein

News report quoting Michael Hahn on the EU complaint to the WTO over US steel and aluminium tariffs

17 Apr 2018

SRF

In the Press (2018 and earlier)

Bloss ein leeres Versprechen

Article about Swiss agriculture policy and sustainability quoting WTI Fellow Christian Häberli

23 Mar 2018

Tages-Anzeiger

In the Press (2018 and earlier)

Trump’s Losing Trade Gambit

News article quoting research by Joseph Francois and Laura Baughman

18 Mar 2018

WSJ

In the Press (2018 and earlier)

"Handel ist eine Blackbox"

Interview in German with Thomas Cottier on free trade, the WTO, and Switzerland's trade relations with the EU.

14 Dec 2017

HandelsZeitung

In the Press (2018 and earlier)

Comment la Suisse se joue de l'OMC

Article (in French) on Swiss export subsidies quoting WTI Fellow Christian Häberli in his capacity as part-time WTO judge.

8 Jun 2017

swissinfo

In the Press (2018 and earlier)

Am Wendepunkt

Interview (in German) with Manfred Elsig on the challenges to globalisation

19 Jun 2017

Unipress

In the Press (2018 and earlier)

Wie die Schweiz die WTO austrickst

Original article (in German) on Swiss export subsidies quoting WTI Fellow Christian Häberli in his capacity as part-time WTO judge.

8 Jun 2017

swissinfo

In the Press (2018 and earlier)

How powerful is Donald Trump?

Article looking at the relationship between the President and Congress, quoting Manfred Elsig.

19 Apr 2017

World Finance

In the Press (2018 and earlier)

Die Suche nach dem Befreiungsschlag

Comment piece by Joelle de Sépibus on implementation of the Swiss mass immigration initiative

16 Mar 2017

Neue Zürcher Zeitung

In the Press (2018 and earlier)

Who’s Really Paying for the Wall?

Blog post by Joseph Francois and Laura Baughman on the Trump administration's plans to charge Mexico for the construction of a border wall.

16 Feb 2017

Global Trade

In the Press (2018 and earlier)

Trump ist US-Präsident

US election night anaylsis in German by Prof. Manfred Elsig

9 Nov 2016

20 MInuten

In the Press (2018 and earlier)

Globale Nachwehen

Interview with Joseph Francois about the effects of globalisation on international trade and the importance of expanding the political dialogue to find solutions.

15 Sep 2016

Handelszeitung

In the Press (2018 and earlier)

Schweizer Forscher gelten als Risiko

Report on new research project on migration quoting Rosa Maria Losada and Joseph Francois

21 Jun 2016

Berner Zeitung, Zurichsee-Zeitung

In the Press (2018 and earlier)

Freihandel statt Abschottung

Commentary on TTIP quoting the WTI study into its impact on the EU

20 May 2016

Finanz und Wirtschaft

In the Press (2018 and earlier)

Das Mega-Abkommen und die Schweiz

Article in German/French about TTIP agriculture event held in Bern on 8 April 2016 and involving Charlotte Sieber and Elisabeth Bürgi-Bonanomi of the WTI

22 Apr 2016

Alimenta 8/16

In the Press (2018 and earlier)

Gesucht: Weg aus der Sackgasse

Article referring to study by Joëlle de Sépibus and Cenni Najy on the protective clause that Switzerland is invoking over the free movement of people accord with the EU

21 Feb 2016

SonntagsZeitung

In the Press (2018 and earlier)

Nachtübung – und ein volles Haus

News article about the Spirit of Bern conference that featured presentations by WTI faculty Joseph Francois and Mira Burri

18 Jan 2016

Der Bund

In the Press (2018 and earlier)

Digitaler Handel stürzt Regulatoren ins Dilemma

Der globale Datenverkehr ist die Basis der neuen digitalen Wirtschaft – entsprechend frei soll er fliessen. Doch damit schwinden die Möglichkeiten der einzelnen Staaten, etwa die Privatsphäre ihrer Bürger oder die nationale Sicherheit zu schützen. Was tun in diesem Dilemma?

16 Dec 2015

Mira Burri, Unipress

In the Press (2018 and earlier)

TTIP ist dem Untergang geweiht

Das Freihandelsabkommen zwischen USA und EU wird nie Realität werden, sagt der frühere kanadische Handelsdiplomat Pierre Sauvé.

15 Oct 2015

Der Standard

Video/Audio (2018 and earlier)

Video/Audio (2018 and earlier)

Trade: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Prof Francois: Policy Brief Round 3: ‘Trade Discussion’ or ‘Trade War’? The Estimated Impacts of Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum

19 Aug 2018

John Oliver (HBO)

Video/Audio (2018 and earlier)

Zoelle

Cristian Häberli was interviewed on the WTO rights and obligations in respect of US tariff increases and other countries‘ responses (interview in German).

23 Jul 2018

with Massimo Agostinis from Wirtschaftsmagazin Trend (SRF)

Video/Audio (2018 and earlier)

USA verhängt Strafzölle gegen die EU

Christian Häberli interviewed on the US decision to impose import tariffs on steel and aluminium from the EU and how Switzerland could be affected.

31 May 2018

SRF 10 vor 10

Video/Audio (2018 and earlier)

Die Schweiz vor schwieriger Entscheidung

Interview with Michael Hahn on EU blocking statute to oppose US sanctions on Iran and whether Switzerland should join in.

23 May 2018

SRF radio, Echo der Zeit

Video/Audio (2018 and earlier)

EU-WTO

Michael Hahn interviewed about the EU complaint to the WTO over US tariffs on steel and aluminium

17 Apr 2018

SRF 4 News

Video/Audio (2018 and earlier)

Freihandel unter Beschuss

Report on the threat of China-US trade war with comments from Christian Häberli

9 Apr 2018

SRF TV, ECO

Video/Audio (2018 and earlier)

China im Visier der USA

Interview with Manfred Elsig about US imposition of import duties on China

23 Mar 2018

SRF radio, Echo der Zeit

Video/Audio (2018 and earlier)

Five Live Drive news

Interview with Joseph Francois about President Trump's announced new tariffs (from 2.10)

9 Mar 2018

BBC Radio 5 Live

Video/Audio (2018 and earlier)

Two Views on President Trump's Tariffs

Joseph Francois interviewed on the Brian Lehrer show on President Trump's planned steel and aluminium tariffs

8 Mar 2018

WNYC

Video/Audio (2018 and earlier)

Joseph Francois sieht keinen Handelskrieg

Joseph Francois interviewed on Swiss German television (dubbed in German) about President Trump's threat to impose steel tariffs.

2 Mar 2018

SRF TV, Tagesschau

Video/Audio (2018 and earlier)

Manfred Elsig: Nafta vor dem Aus?

Manfred Elsig interviewed in German about the future of NAFTA.

24 Nov 2017

SRF radio, Tagesgespräch

Video/Audio (2018 and earlier)

Trump – ein Jahr nach der Wahl

Roundtable discussion in Swiss German about what President Trump has achieved in the year since he was elected. Manfred Elsig is one of the panellists.

7 Nov 2017

SRF TV, Der Club

Video/Audio (2018 and earlier)

Regionalism in Latin America

Podcast of Brown Bag Seminar given by Alberto van Klaveren, Professor of International Relations at the University of Chile and former Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Chile at the World Trade Institute.

14 Sep 2016

WTI Brown Bag Podcast

Video/Audio (2018 and earlier)

Podcast, "Kompakt am Mittag"

Report on TTIP with contribution by Charlotte Sieber-Gasser

2 May 2016

Radio 1

Video/Audio (2018 and earlier)

What will TTIP mean for the UK?

EurActiv video on TTIP's likely effects on the UK, with Koen Berden

15 Apr 2016

EurActiv.com

Video/Audio (2018 and earlier)

TTIP: Quelles opportunités pour la France?

Video made during the roundtable organised by EurActiv Institute and AmCham EU on the findings of the WTI report on TTIP

2 Mar 2016

EurActiv

Video/Audio (2018 and earlier)

WTI YouTube channel

Videos about the WTI

8 Jan 2016

WTI / NCCR Bern

Video/Audio (2018 and earlier)

WTO: Kein Durchbruch in Sicht

Report ahead of the WTI Ministerial in Nairobi with comments from Prof Manfred Elsig

15 Dec 2015

SRF

Press Downloads

Press Downloads

WTI management images (zip)

Pictures in high resolution of WTI Managing Director Joseph Francois, Deputy Managing Director Manfred Elsig, Director Michael Hahn and Director of Studies Peter Van den Bossche available for media use. Please credit @wti (97 mb)

4 Jul 2018

WTI

Press Downloads

WTI images general (zip)

High resolution photos of WTI premises. Please credit @wti (23,696 kb)

24 Feb 2016

WTI

Press Downloads

TTIP press releases (zip)

English and German versions of a WTI study for AmCham EU on the benefits of TTIP for the EU (302 kb)

17 Feb 2016

WTI