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, Flashlight Europe: INSTEX: Gateway to EU strategic autonomy?

Last week, France, Germany and the UK set up a common platform for international transactions with Iran known as INSTEX. After the US introduced new sanctions last November against the country, European banks and companies now fear that Washington will impose penalties if they make payments for commercial transactions with Iranian companies. We talked to Nicolas Véron, senior fellow at Bruegel and at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, about the practical details of the new platform and the outlook for this European initiative.

On 31 January 2019, France, Germany and the UK set up a common platform for international transactions with Iran known as INSTEX (short for "Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges"). This is the latest stage in the dispute over the American withdrawal in May last year from the nuclear agreement with Iran known as JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) The first raft of United States sanctions came back into force in November last year but Europe wants to stick to JCPOA. European banks and companies now fear Washington will impose penalties if they make payments for commercial transactions with Iranian companies but the new payments channel INSTEX should enable these dealings to take place beyond the watch of US monitoring.

We talked to Nicolas Véron, senior fellow at Bruegel and at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, about the practical details of the new international transactions platform and the outlook for this European initiative.

Read the full interview below.

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On 31 January 2019, France, Germany and the UK set up a common platform for international transactions with Iran known as INSTEX (short for "Instrument ...

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