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News Article | May 23, 2017
Broderick Johnson is currently a partner at Bryan Cave LLP. He was formerly Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary under President Barack Obama. He was also chair of the My Brother's Keeper Task Force. Robert Doar is the former Commissioner of Human Resources Administration/Department of Social Services under New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and currently serves as the Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. "Creating opportunities and reducing barriers to employment are critical to the future of our nation's youth," said Broderick Johnson. "I have been fortunate to take on these issues under the leadership of President Obama, and I look forward to bringing my perspectives and unique experiences to the Path Forward Coalition. Millions of young people get their first jobs in the service industry, and that industry therefore plays a critical role in creating pathways for developing lifelong job skills." "Through my work in New York, I have seen firsthand the benefits that come with connecting individuals to employment and efforts to help them remain in the workforce," said Robert Doar. "The service industry not only provides millions of jobs as our nation's largest private sector employer, it also invests in training and skill development, educational support and certification programs to help workers grow and succeed. Restaurants and retail businesses are essential partners in strengthening our nation's workforce and offering people of all backgrounds with a place to start and establish careers." "We welcome Broderick Johnson and Robert Doar to the Path Forward Coalition and the experience, expertise, and new perspectives they will bring to its ongoing work," said NRF Senior Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs Bill Thorne. "We are proud of the work and advancement opportunities retailers create for millions of Americans in communities large and small. The NRF looks forward to helping others better understand the value of the jobs we provide, as well as the new types of skill development and training programs our industry is leading to prepare workers for tomorrow." "Through their commitment to provide opportunities to build a stronger workforce, Broderick Johnson and Robert Doar bring deep and unique experiences to the Path Forward Coalition," said NRA Senior Vice President of Communications Steve Danon. "We are fortunate they will be helping to lead a broader discussion about the value of restaurant jobs and the many ways in which individuals can learn, grow, and succeed in a diverse range of career pathways in the service industry." For more information about Path Forward, visit www.pathfwd.org and follow us on Twitter @PathFwdWork. For more information on Broderick Johnson and Robert Doar, visit www.pathfwd.org/senior-advisors/. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/broderick-johnson-and-robert-doar-join-path-forward-coalition-to-advise-on-workforce-challenges-and-opportunities-300462614.html
News Article | May 23, 2017
Lindsey S. Strom, Attorney at Law, Strom & Associates, Ltd., has joined The Expert Network©, an invitation-only service for distinguished professionals. Ms. Strom has been chosen as a Distinguished Lawyer™ based on peer reviews and ratings, dozens of recognitions, and accomplishments achieved throughout her career. Ms. Strom outshines others in her field due to her extensive educational background, numerous awards and recognitions, and career longevity. She enrolled at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After graduating with a degree in Speech Communications, she pursued her law education at DePaul University, where she earned her Juris Doctor in 2008. During law school, Ms. Strom had the opportunity to hone her legal craft as a Law Clerk with the Cook County State's Attorney's Office in the Juvenile Justice Bureau. She obtained her 711 license, which allowed her to begin representing clients in court before completing her degree and successfully prosecuted juveniles in narcotics and domestic violence cases. Ms. Strom practiced workers’ compensation as an insurance defense attorney before finally joining her father, Attorney Neal B. Strom, at his firm. Her experience working with the insurance companies has provided a wealth of knowledge and has made her better equipped to help injured workers in need of her expertise. With over 10 years dedicated to law, Ms. Strom brings a wealth of knowledge to her industry and in particular to her area of specialization, workers' compensation law, as well as her appellate practice and general civil litigation. When asked why she decided to pursue a career in law, Ms. Strom said: "I remember in fifth grade, when I was ten years old, we did a project on a book called 'The Giver.' We had to do a mock trial as an assignment based on the book. I wanted to be the prosecutor, and that really solidified for me, even at a young age, that this is what I wanted to do. My parents never pushed me into it or anything. Between that assignment and seeing my dad at the office as a kid, for me, confirmed that this is what I want to do. I knew that it was my path." Today, in her practice with Strom & Associates, Ltd., Ms. Strom provides industry-leading representation on cases involving workers compensation. What sets Ms. Strom apart from her peers in worker's compensation law is her unwavering dedication to doing everything within her power to ensure that every case gets the attention it deserves. She has carried through with her the tenacity of her formative years in law and is known within the industry as someone who plays by the rules while thinking outside the box. Additionally, Ms. Strom's many years working in the emotionally challenging Juvenile Justice Bureau have given her a strong foundation upon which to fight for what's right for her clients, regardless of the complexity of the case or the emotions involved. As a thought-leader in her field, Ms. Strom keeps her finger on the pulse of prevailing trends in workers' compensation law. Commenting on the fear many people experience when considering litigation, and the importance of building trust with her clients and aggressively litigating on their behalf in the courtroom, she notes: "Our interest is in litigation and continuing to stand up for the people that are injured. The trend right now is that case filings are down, and people are discouraged, I think because they believe that it's too risky to file a case because they might not win and lose their job as a result. But it's our job to assure them that this is within their legal rights and that it is the best course of action." In the years since beginning her career, Ms. Strom has enjoyed a precipitous rise to the top of her legal niche. In 2013, Ms. Strom was selected to be a board member for the Workers’ Compensation Lawyers’ Association Young Lawyers’ Section, where she now sits on the organization’s main board. In the last two years alone, she has been recognized by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys as one of the ‘10 Best’ attorneys for Illinois and as an Emerging Lawyer in Illinois, an honor awarded only to emerging lawyers who rank within the top two percent of their field. She has also been featured in Chicago Magazine as one of the Top Women Attorneys in Illinois and as a "Rising Star" in Super Lawyers®. The Expert Network© has written this news release with approval and/or contributions from Lindsey S. Strom. The Expert Network© is an invitation-only reputation management service that is dedicated to helping professionals stand out, network, and gain a competitive edge. The Expert Network© selects a limited number of professionals based on their individual recognitions and history of personal excellence.
News Article | May 23, 2017
Majid Foroozandeh, founder of Law Offices of Foroozandeh, APC, has joined The Expert Network©, an invitation-only service for distinguished professionals. Mr. Foroozandeh has been chosen as a Distinguished Lawyer™ based on peer reviews and ratings, dozens of recognitions, and accomplishments achieved throughout his career. Mr. Foroozandeh outshines others in his field due to his extensive educational background, numerous awards and recognitions, and career longevity. After graduating cum laude in Manufacturing Engineering Technology from the National University in San Diego in 1989, Mr. Foroozandeh went on to earn his Masters in Business Administration from the same school the following year. Mr. Foroozandeh began practicing engineering with Wang Laboratories, a prominent technology company, for fifteen years. It was with Wang’s support that he obtained his Juris Doctor from Western State University College of Law. After Wang, Mr. Foroozandeh went on to found the engineering firm, PSA, LLC which he operated for ten years before finally making the switch to a practicing law full time. With over 10 years dedicated to law, Mr. Foroozandeh brings a wealth of knowledge to his industry and, in particular, to his areas of specialization, immigration, civil litigation, and personal injury law. Mr. Foroozandeh’s exceptional reputation has earned him recognition from several prominent organizations including the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys and the Small Business Community Association, as well as inclusion the Who’s Who Directories’ 2016 edition of the Top Attorneys in North America. Today, Mr. Foroozandeh is a trusted California attorney who fights passionately for his clients’ civil rights. His practice ranges from personal injury and medical malpractice to civil litigation and workers’ compensation. Admitted to practice in California, numerous Courts of Appeals around the nation, and in the US Tax court, among others, Mr. Foroozandeh is perhaps best known for his work in immigration reform and as an advocate for the rights of mentally disabled criminal defendants. As a thought-leader in his field, Mr. Foroozandeh is a published author and frequent speaker on his areas of practice. Additionally, he strives to keep his clients and colleagues up-to-date on current challenges to justice nationwide and around the world and frequently authors insightful thought-pieces which are available on his website. Most recently, Mr. Foroozandeh wrote on the topic of the constitutionality of the recently proposed immigration bans. He noted: "Though Article II, Section I of the constitution provides the President of the United States the power to issue Executive Orders without congressional approval, there may be an issue if the Executive Order is in conflict with another clause of the constitution. In this case, it conflicts with the Establishment Clause, which prohibits congress from making a law establishing a national religion, or forbidding the free exercise thereof. In terms of the immigration ban, the question at hand is whether President Trump's Executive Order is hindering Muslims from freely exercising their religion or is solely to prevent detriment to the United States, rendering it legal. The answer depends on who you ask, and I believe it will eventually find its way to the Supreme Court." For more information, visit Mr. Foroozandeh's profile on The Expert Network© here: https://expertnetwork.co/members/majid-foroozandeh/0d0d86e62984b68a The Expert Network© has written this news release with approval and/or contributions from Majid Foroozandeh. The Expert Network© is an invitation-only reputation management service that is dedicated to helping professionals stand out, network, and gain a competitive edge. The Expert Network© selects a limited number of professionals based on their individual recognitions and history of personal excellence.
News Article | February 21, 2017
PLYMOUTH, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ave Maria Mutual Funds is saddened by the passing of Michael Novak, a long-time member of the funds’ Catholic Advisory Board. Michael Novak was a Templeton award winner and director of Social and Political Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. He also served as U.S. Delegate to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe; U.S. Ambassador to the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva; Adviser to the White House Office of Ethnic Affairs; and was on the faculty at Harvard University, the University of Notre Dame, Ave Maria University, and Catholic University of America. In addition to being a world-renowned theologian and author of numerous books, Michael Novak was a personal friend of Saint Pope John Paul II. George P. Schwartz, CFA, Chairman and CEO of Schwartz Investment Counsel, Inc., said, “Professor Novak was a giant among Catholic intellectuals and his contributions to the Catholic Advisory Board were tremendous. He will be greatly missed.” Paul Roney, Chairman of the Catholic Advisory Board stated, “Michael had a brilliant mind and was a highly-respected voice in the Catholic world. He was committed to pro-life causes and spreading the Gospel.” Ave Maria Mutual Funds is the largest family of Catholic mutual funds in the U.S. The five no-load funds invest in companies that do not violate the pro-life, pro-family values of the Catholic Church. Ave Maria Mutual Funds launched its first fund, the Ave Maria Catholic Values Fund (Ticker: AVEMX), on May 1, 2001. Since then it has added three additional stock funds and one bond fund. The largest of the funds is the $888 million Ave Maria Rising Dividend Fund (Ticker: AVEDX). For more information about Ave Maria Mutual Funds, please call 1-866-AVE-MARIA (866-283-6274) or visit www.avemariafunds.com Schwartz Investment Counsel, Inc. is a Registered Investment Adviser founded in 1980. Headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan, the firm manages more than $1.9 billion of investor assets and has a branch office in Ave Maria, Florida. The firm aims to provide superior investment counsel to investors who seek a disciplined approach to investing. For more information about Schwartz Investment Counsel, Inc., please visit www.schwartzinvest.com. Schwartz Investment Counsel, Inc. serves as investment adviser for Ave Maria Mutual Funds, which invests in securities only if they meet the Funds’ investment and religious requirements. As such, the returns may be lower or higher than if decisions were based solely on investment considerations. The Funds’ method of security selection may or may not be successful and the Funds may underperform or outperform the stock market as a whole. All mutual funds are subject to market risk, including possible loss of principal. Request a prospectus, which includes investment objectives, risks, fees, expenses and other information that you should read and consider carefully before investing. The prospectus can be obtained by calling 1-866-283-6274 or it can be viewed at www.avemariafunds.com. Distributed by Ultimus Fund Distributors LLC.
News Article | February 15, 2017
It may not be the most romantic way to spend Valentine’s Day, but Dr. Georges Benjamin had been looking forward to a trip to Atlanta. On Feb. 14, he said, he was scheduled to speak along with former Vice President Al Gore at the opening session of a conference hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The topic: the health effects of climate change. But in the weeks after Donald Trump won the presidential election, Benjamin received word that the conference would not be happening as scheduled. “It is very unusual,” said Benjamin, the executive director of the American Public Health Assn. However, considering Trump’s skepticism toward the idea that industrial activity is warming the planet — a position held by 97% of climate scientists — it wasn’t entirely surprising, he said. “I’m sure that was on their minds,” Benjamin said. “I know that was on their minds.” The conference hasn’t been officially canceled. The CDC is “exploring options to reschedule the meeting while considering budget priorities for fiscal year 2017,” according to a statement from the agency. Some would-be attendees said they aren’t holding their breath. In their view, it’s just one in a series of unsettling actions that have come to light in the first days of the Trump administration. Just hours after the inauguration, the official White House website was scrubbed of any mention of climate change. Following that, scientists and other employees at several federal agencies were told not to speak directly to the public about their work. “I fear we’re going to see a war on scientists inside the government,” Norman Ornstein, a government scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, said Thursday in a meeting sponsored by the American Assn. for the Advancement of Science. Among other things, Ornstein cited efforts to block the publication of research findings until they’ve been vetted by political appointees as “a troubling sign of where we might be headed.” The communication restrictions extended to social media, including messages sent via Twitter, Trump’s preferred mode of communication. “It looks like we are going on hiatus,” announced a tweet sent Wednesday from the account of the United States Arctic Research Commission. “To keep up on arctic science, sign up for the Arctic Daily Update at arctic.gov.” At the U.S. Department of Agriculture, employees in the Agricultural Research Service were asked to keep their lips sealed. “Starting immediately and until further notice, ARS will not release any public-facing documents,” Sharon Drumm, the chief of staff, wrote in an email. “This includes, but is not limited to, news releases, photos, fact sheets, news feeds and social media content.” The message did not go over well. A second email, this time from ARS Administrator Chavonda Jacobs-Young, was sent Tuesday to clarify matters. “The departmental guidance does not, and was never intended, to cover all public-facing documents,” she wrote. “For example, scientific publications released through peer reviewed professional journals are not covered.” Employees at the Environmental Protection Agency received a similar admonition against communicating directly with the public. In addition, transition team spokesman Doug Ericksen told NPR that scientists will need to have their work vetted before they can share it. Officials emphasized that this was standard procedure after a change in power. “The EPA fully intends to continue to provide information to the public,” the agency said in a statement. “A fresh look at public affairs and communications processes is common practice for any new administration, and a short pause in activities allows for this assessment.” Routine or not, the moves are making some scientists uncomfortable. Rush Holt, a physicist and former congressman who now leads the American Assn. for the Advancement of Science, issued a statement expressing concern that these moves “may silence the voices” of scientists who work in the federal government. He noted that “many federal agencies have existing scientific integrity policies that prohibit political interference in the public dissemination of scientific findings.” The CDC’s decision not to proceed as scheduled with its February conference on climate change and health was “motivated by political concerns,” said Dr. Howard Frumkin, a professor of environmental and occupational health sciences at the University of Washington. Frumkin said he was told this by “reliable sources within the CDC,” where he previously worked as a special assistant to the director for climate change and health.
News Article | February 15, 2017
One thing common to all types of cancer is that it’s a tremendously expensive disease not only to treat, but to test for, as well. The money spent screening for and treating cancer in the United States is estimated to be $88.7 billion every year.(1) Doctors in the U.S. screen patients for cancer more than in any other country that has an advanced healthcare system, sometimes spending as much on screening as is spent on actual treatment.(2) With cancer rates expected to surge 57% worldwide over the next two decades,(3) the economic impact cannot be overlooked. A substantial portion of rising costs comes from the overuse of imprecise, unnecessary cancer screening tests, particularly for prostate and breast cancer. Paul Crowe, chairman and CEO of NuView Life Sciences, says, “Traditional screening tools can’t get down to a patient-specific level of diagnosis and are often limited in diagnostic ability.” Crowe explains that there has been a huge push to screen people for cancer—regardless of their medical history—but that this may not be the best practice. What’s being seen now is misuse and waste of resources, both of which are driving up healthcare costs for those involved. By 2017, screening for prostate cancer is expected to cost $17.4 billion annually.(4) However, conventional screening methods, such as prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests, are often unreliable. False-positive PSA tests lead to expensive, needless biopsies, surgeries and other forms of treatment, all of which can have profoundly negative, lasting impacts on the patient. On the other hand, false-negative tests can lull patients into a false sense of security, putting off treatment until years later, when the disease is far more invasive and expensive to treat, and lessening the patient’s chances of survival. For prostate cancer, NuView is developing a new precision screening tool based on its NV VPAC1 technology. The cancer-specific urine screening tool can be used to screen for both prostate and bladder cancer by accurately detecting cancer cells in voided urine specimens.(5) This type of screening is more conclusive and less expensive than traditional screening tools like the PSA test, allowing physicians to quickly and correctly diagnose cancer in laboratory-type settings.(5) NuView is also developing new screening tools for breast cancer, which is notoriously difficult to diagnose at its earliest stages. Mammography is currently the only screening method available, but it cannot reliably detect precancerous lesions.(6) Over 80% of women who receive abnormal mammogram results are subjected to invasive, painful biopsies and other treatments, only to have further tests prove the masses to be benign.(5) There are 1.6 million breast biopsies performed in the U.S. annually, and approximately 1.3 million of these result in a benign diagnosis.(5) A more highly precise screening tool can drastically reduce the number of unnecessary, invasive breast biopsies performed each year by pinpointing specific breast cancer mutations within a patient. This will also save the country’s healthcare system billions of dollars every year. Crowe stated, “It’s time to replace current diagnostic tools with precision-based, cancer-specific screening methods. The benefits are two-fold: patients are saved from unnecessary tests and treatment, which increases their quality of life and preserves their health status; and secondly, our healthcare system is saved millions—perhaps billions—of dollars every year that are wasted on pointless tests and therapeutic interventions.” NVLS is committed to lowering healthcare costs across the board while still providing healthcare providers and patients with a new and more accurate method of obtaining conclusive cancer results. About NuView Life Sciences: Founded in 2005, NuView Life Sciences is a biotechnology company located in Park City, Utah, working to reform the way cancer is diagnosed and treated in our modern healthcare system. NuView is focused on creating precision cancer diagnostics and therapeutics to improve patient outcomes while reducing healthcare costs through the development and clinical application of its exclusive peptide analog technology, NV-VPAC1. Led by a team of industry experts with decades of combined experience in healthcare and medical imaging technologies, NuView is poised to change how we look for and respond to cancer. To learn more about NuView Life Sciences, please visit http://nuviewinfo.com/site/3/. Sources: 1. Economic Impact of Cancer. American Cancer Society. http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancerbasics/economic-impact-of-cancer 2. Stop overscreening for cancer. American Enterprise Institute. https://www.aei.org/publication/stop-overscreening-for-cancer/ 3. WHO: Imminent global cancer ‘disaster’ reflects aging, lifestyle factors. CNN. http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/04/health/who-world-cancer-report/ 4. Global Prostate Cancer Market to Reach $50.3 Billion in 2017. Bcc Research. http://www.bccresearch.com/pressroom/phm/global-prostate-cancer-market-reach-$50.3-billion-2017 5. Molecular Imaging Lights the Way for the Future of Medicine. NuView Life Sciences. http://nuviewinfo.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/NuView-eBook-1.10.2013-.pdf 6. Recent Controversies in Mammography Screening for Breast Cancer. Medscape. http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/430076
News Article | February 28, 2017
When it comes to intellectual property (IP) theft, there’s the rest of the world, and then there’s China, a new report says. In 2015, mainland China and Hong Kong accounted for 87% of counterfeit goods seized by the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. China’s share of trade secrets theft, though harder to track, is not far behind, claims the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property in Washington, D.C., a bipartisan nongovernmental group co-chaired by former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman Jr., who served as U.S. ambassador to China from 2009 to 2011. Stolen trade secrets, pirated software, and counterfeiting cost the United States between $225 billion and $600 billion per year, the commission estimates. The report singled out as suspect China’s targeting of biotechnology and quantum communications technology. “The massive theft of American IP … threatens our nation’s security as well as vitality,” said former Director of National Intelligence Admiral Dennis Blair, co-chair of the commission, in a press release. Scholars often take issue with efforts to put a price tag on IP theft. In court, for example, companies frequently cite as losses the amount spent researching a product or idea. But by the time a product comes to market, that figure may be a poor reflection of its true value. “The industry standard for competitive edge in IP is in some cases just a couple of years,” says Greg Austin, a cybersecurity expert at the EastWest Institute in Sydney, Australia, and author of . He adds that the report does not adequately distinguish between illegal IP transgressions and lawful acquisition of knowledge, citing the quantum communications example. “Scientists in many countries, including the United States, cooperate actively with the Chinese in quantum research, and it is all perfectly legal.” Also up for debate is how best to address IP theft. The Obama administration pursued a strategy heavy on prosecutions of Chinese-born U.S. scientists (see here, here, and here), along with symbolic moves against overseas offenders, such as the 2014 indictment of five members of a People’s Liberation Army hacking unit. Policy tools improved under Obama went “largely unused,” the report said. For instance, a 2015 law enabling the president to sanction foreign countries, companies, and individuals for IP theft has not yet been invoked. The commission urges the Trump administration to “make IP theft a core issue.” Among the policy prescriptions outlined are expanding the number of green cards available to science students—to discourage U.S.-educated scientists from returning to their home countries and contributing to their development—and ensuring that “top U.S. officials from all agencies” push China “toward becoming a self-innovating country.” Derek Scissors, an economist at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., who commented on a draft of the report but was not involved with writing it, says those recommendations could have been more targeted: “First, start sanctioning companies that receive stolen IP. Change their risk calculations. When that’s in place, what else is truly required will become clearer.”
Antos J.,American Enterprise Institute
Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law | Year: 2013
In the wake of the Supreme Court decision, states should not rush to expand eligibility for Medicaid. They cannot be certain that the federal support promised in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will remain available, and a better deal might be possible after the election. Adding millions more to Medicaid rolls will exacerbate existing problems of access to providers. A more humane policy would give everyone - even the poor - a choice of health plans. © 2013 by Duke University Press.
News Article | March 1, 2017
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump backed the use of tax credits to help people purchase health insurance in a speech to Congress on Tuesday, the first time he signaled support for a key component of House Republican proposals to replace Obamacare. Republicans, who control the White House and Congress, are united in their opposition to former Democratic President Barack Obama's signature 2010 healthcare law, but have so far failed to agree on the details of how to replace it. "We should help Americans purchase their own coverage, through the use of tax credits and expanded Health Savings Accounts," Trump said. "But it must be the plan they want, not the plan forced on them by our government." Democrats are ardently opposed to tampering with Obamacare, which provided coverage to millions of previously uninsured people. A draft Republican replacement for Obamacare would include an age-based monthly tax credit that Americans who do not get health insurance through their employer could use to buy coverage and take from job to job. Some Republicans have voiced resistance to that plan. The president's comments were also a nod to health insurers - whom Trump met with on Monday - who say tax credits are necessary to keep people in the market. "The fact that he used the word tax credits is a signal to congressional Republican ranks" that he supports their proposals, said Tom Miller, a resident fellow in health policy at the American Enterprise Institute think tank. Trump also said Americans should be able to buy insurance across state lines, a proposal favored by health insurers because it would enable them to offer plans in states with fewer regulatory hurdles. Trump said state governors should be given resources and flexibility on Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor, and ensure that "no one is left out." That appeared to be an attempt to ease concerns from the more than 30 governors who expanded Medicaid coverage under Obamacare. But Trump offered few details on how he would reconcile House Republican plans to unwind the expansion of Medicaid with promises to maintain coverage for those who gained health insurance under Obamacare. He also reaffirmed that those with pre-existing conditions should have access to coverage but did not say how that would be accomplished.
News Article | February 23, 2017
Without the United States, will the EU and Asia Pacific trade toward trading with each other? The United States, after President Donald Trump took office, nixed a big trade pact with Asia, and let another big trade accord with Europe die on the vine. Now both those jilted partners are getting together — threatening to leave the United States out in the cold as the world’s biggest economic blocs reshape their trading relationships. “We have seen that many of the TPP [Trans-Pacific Partnership] countries are now approaching us and saying ‘we still want to do deals,’” said Cecilia Malmström, EU trade commissioner, in an interview published Tuesday in Handelsblatt Global. “We are engaged with basically all of them, either negotiating or have a deal or preparing negotiations.” While some European countries have come to question free-trade dogma, and are rocked by the pushback against globalization, the European Union as a whole is still carrying the torch for ambitious, multilateral deals. “The big advantage of the EU” is that as far as trade deals are concerned, it works as a bloc, not as individual states, said Judy Dempsey of Carnegie Europe. “The EU and the member states realize, ‘we’ve got to press ahead with doing deals with like-minded countries,’” Dempsey said, adding, “It’s very exciting, actually.” The EU already has free trade deals with three TPP states: Canada, Mexico, and Chile. Warmer trade ties between Europe and the orphaned countries of the TPP could also serve as a check on China’s ambitions; Beijing is widely seen as the main beneficiary of Trump’s withdrawal from the pact. Malmström is likely “looking to avoid a situation whereby Asian countries in the Pacific individually bow to China in bilateral deals,” said Sijbren de Jong, a strategic analyst at the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies. “A China that shapes trade ties in the Pacific according to its standards on a bilateral basis is also not in our interest.” It isn’t in Asia’s interest, either, says Dempsey. “They’re desperate to do big partnerships with the EU because they would get into the camp — a western camp that sets the trading rules, and standards, essentially. They want to be part of that club,” she said. Malmström’s comments don’t necessarily suggest that the EU is looking to replace the United States inside the TPP; the EU could either sign some sort of treaty with the TPP as a bloc, or individual deals with some or all of the remaining 11 members of the pact. And securing sprawling, multilateral deals requires firm and constant leadership, said Dalibor Rohac of the American Enterprise Institute. The TPP took five years of often contentious negotiations to conclude; the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership promised to be even more complicated. And unwavering defense of globalization and the reigning economic order is getting harder to find as Europe suffers its own populist economic backlash, and especially in a busy election year. That makes it uncertain whether Europe can still summon that brand of leadership.