The EU ploughs ahead with its strategy to develop bi-lateral trade deals with as many third countries as it can. Most people are aware of the trade deal with Canada, the CETA, and some more may have heard about the Singapore agreement which allowed the European Court of Justice to give ruling on the powers of the EU and the Member States in concluding agreements. The surprise of the summer is the speed with which the EU jumped into the vacuum left by the US withdrawal from the TPP, the Trans Pacific Partnership, to conclude the outlines of an agreement with Japan. The EU agriculture negotiators seem to have been particularly skillful bettering the market access provisions that the US was able to agree within TPP. A real case of Cars for Corn (and Cheese and Champagne and Culatello).