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New EU deals provide yet another reminder that the world outside will be a lonely place 

As the global trading environment turns sour it has never been so important to negotiate as part of a bloc

By Vicky Pryce  

EU commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmstrom. Photo: Wiktor Dabkowski/Zuma Press/PA Images

After being accused of real slowness and bureaucratic sclerosis in concluding trade deals, the speed of recent EU trade announcements has been surprising.

The EU has in the last couple of years concluded trade agreements with Canada, Mexico and Japan. There was one signed with South Korea, a deal with Singapore is due to become effective later this year and now, at the margins of the G20 meeting in Japan, two more deals have suddenly been signed. One…

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