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Free trade with Japan alters the course of Europe’s auto industry

The Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and Japan creates the largest open trade zone in the world, writes Megan Lampinen

While the prolonged confusion around a post-Brexit trade agreement shows little signs of lifting, Europe has pressed ahead with a pivotal economic deal with Japan. It took 18 rounds of talks, but in December 2017 the European Union (EU) and Japan agreed the final terms of a comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). It came into force on 1 February 2019, creating the largest open trade zone in the world.

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