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Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

GOP Economics: Export American Jobs Rather Than American Products

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

While quite a bit has changed in the 81 years since Franklin Roosevelt launched the Export-Import Bank, one fact remains the same: America needs a coherent national economic strategy focused on raising wages and living standards.

Latin America and the EU: Natural Partners

Federica Mogherini | Posted 06.10.2015 | Impact
Federica Mogherini

To succeed, we need to reach out and involve all sectors and levels of our societies in our common endeavour to broaden and strengthen the web of relations between us. This is what we are aiming for at the Brussels EU-CELAC Summit, and for the five years to come.

Trading Away Our Sovereignty

John Fullerton | Posted 05.27.2015 | Business
John Fullerton

"Free Trade" was in the news this Memorial Day weekend. President Obama is pushing hard for "fast track" approval of his Trans-Pacific Partnership ("TPP") Agreement, calling for a simple up or down vote without the possibility of amendments or floor debate.

Maryland Senator Ben Cardin Is a Two State Faker

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Cardin's initiative is all about trying to block European sanctions on Israeli settlements in the West Bank (which sanctions are, by the way, supported by Human Rights Watch.) Cardin is trying to block European efforts to bring about a two state solution to the conflict. Thus, Ben Cardin is a Two State Faker.

Michael McAuliff

Democrat Vows To Scuttle Obama's Fast-Track Trade Authority

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Just before President Barack Obama pleaded with members of his party on Friday to support a bill to "fast track" his proposed trade agre...

Not So Fast, Congress

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 03.21.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Instead of the plodding turtle he's normally satirized as, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is all cat-on-a-hot-tin-roof about Trade Promotion Authority, better known as Fast Track.

The Mid-Terms, the Republicans, and U.S. Foreign Policy

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.05.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

While gaining control of Congress sounds good to the Republicans on paper, I suspect that 24 months from now, when the presidential election is upon us, they'll be regretting having taken the helm on foreign policy.

Corporations Aren't People And They Aren't Nation States, Either

Ilana Solomon | Posted 01.03.2015 | Business
Ilana Solomon

Despite what some politicians say, corporations aren't people. But, even worse, when it comes to the world's biggest trade deals, corporations are actually treated like nation states. Thankfully, a major storm is brewing that could put a crack in this fundamental pillar of the existing free trade regime.

The TTIP: A Very Scary Proposal

Courtenay Lewis | Posted 12.29.2014 | Green
Courtenay Lewis

The TTIP could prevent countries and states from implementing policies that protect communities and stabilize the climate. Fortunately, people in the U.S. and EU are mobilizing to highlight the many tricks-- and no treats-- of this pact.

More Trade Agreements Won't Fix Austerity

Robert Kuttner | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The U.S. economy is growing slowly and Europe's hardly at all. The stock market lurch last week is a belated acknowledgement that our two economies share a common affliction, and Europe suffers more seriously. The affliction is austerity. And yet the main remedy being promoted by the U.S. government and its European allies is a trade and investment deal known as T-TIP, which stands for the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. According to the deal's sponsors, T-TIP would help stimulate recovery by removing barriers to trade and promoting regulatory convergence and hence investment. The proposed deal is not popular in the U.S. Congress, which has to approve negotiating authority. The administration, say well-placed sources, hopes to cram through the necessary approval during the lame duck session of Congress after the November 4 election. That still will not assure approval, because the deal is also increasingly unpopular in Europe.

Trade Deals from Hell

Robert Kuttner | Posted 10.24.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The latest reports from Europe indicate that the continent is slipping back into recession. The U.S. is doing only slightly better, with positive economic growth but scant progress on the jobs front, and no growth in the earnings of the vast majority of Americans. Meanwhile, global climate change continues to worsen, producing unprecedented policy conundrums of how to reconcile the very survival of the planet with improved living standards for the world's impoverished billions and for most Americans, whose real incomes have declined since the year 2000. Amid all of these serious challenges, what common strategies are top U.S. and European leaders pursuing? Why, a new trade and investment deal modeled on NAFTA, to make it harder for governments to regulate capitalism.

Leaked Memo: Trade Agreement Would Export Fracked Gas Without Restrictions From U.S. to EU

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 07.21.2014 | Green
Wenonah Hauter

This leak shows that civil society groups on both sides of the Atlantic have been right all along to be suspicious about what is being negotiated behind closed doors. The expression "No news is good news" clearly does not apply to the transatlantic free trade deal. The more we learn about the ongoing negotiations, the less we like it.

Obama Heads Into Talks With Mexico, Canada Amidst Political Limitations

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama heads into a summit with Mexican and Canadian leaders eager to engage on issues of trade and other neighbor...

Trade Agreements Reveal How Life Will be Organized in 2050

Stan Sorscher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Stan Sorscher

These trade agreements regulate countries in the same way that our Constitution regulates Congress, our courts, the president, and our state governments. However, the substance -- the values -- in our Constitution are very different from values expressed in trade agreements.

The Future of the Global Economy Depends on the U.S.-EU Trade Deal

Michael Beckerman | Posted 09.11.2013 | Technology
Michael Beckerman

As trading partners enter into deals, these economies must ensure that Internet-friendly policies are incorporated not just for the benefit of the Internet industry but also for the benefit of their market, citizens, and their economic future.