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The European Union is ready to open free-trade agreement (FTA) talks with Thailand again after an eight-year political impasse. Thailand’s Commerce Minister, Jurin Laksanawisit, will head to Brussels tomorrow for a two-day business trip to accelerate talks on an FTA with the EU. Jurin states that a Thai-EU FTA is a highly sought-after deal by the …

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Opening  trade talks is not the same as being ready to conclude a FTA. i don't see an FTA being concluded anytime soon because the EU FTA requires Thailand to agree to uphold various practices in respect to;           i. Corruption, ii. Environmental protection, iii. Child labour, and iv. Human Rights

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