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Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement

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.

Transatlantic Trade Pact Endangers Action on Climate

Ilana Solomon | Posted 07.19.2014 | Green
Ilana Solomon

The health of our families and our communities are indeed in danger. A newly proposed trade deal with the European Union threatens our climate and hinders the ability of governments and communities to tackle the crisis of climate change.

Matt Sledge

NSA Revelations Could Undermine Transatlantic Trade Negotiations | Matt Sledge | Posted 12.20.2013 | Politics

The latest revelation from Edward Snowden that British spies targeted a European Commission official could create another headache for negotiators in ...

NSA Spying Scandal Roils US-EU Trade Negotiations

Mary Bottari | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Mary Bottari

What the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is all about is locking in a deregulatory regime that threatens some of the best consumer and environmental laws on both sides of the Atlantic.

Will European Requirements for Labeling GMO Foods Survive New Trade Negotiations?

Michael Lipsky | Posted 09.02.2013 | Green
Michael Lipsky

There are strong reasons to believe that GMO crops are inconsistent with building long-term sustainable agriculture. Labeling would allow consumers to register their views on the environmental consequences of GMO foods in the marketplace.

TAFTA (Part 2): Citizens of the Food Movement, Be Prepared!

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 08.04.2013 | Politics
Elizabeth Kucinich

Given that around 26 states in the U.S. have moved to enact more comprehensive labeling requirements for GMOs, any trade measures that could threaten the rights of U.S. citizens to democratically determine higher standards in food labeling, should be opposed.

TAFTA: Code Word 'Harmonization,' a Race to the Bottom or the Top?

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 08.02.2013 | Politics
Elizabeth Kucinich

The majority of binding and enforceable rulings of the WTO and those of other trade bodies such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) demonstrate a consistent pattern of lowering food, environmental, labor, or consumer safety standards in behest to trade agendas.

The Trans-Atlantic Partnership: A Strong Couple for a New World

Joseph Daul | Posted 07.16.2013 | Business
Joseph Daul

In today's multilateral, multipolar world, Europe and America can and should work together in a partnership for global stability and the enlightened values both sides hold dear. Our Trans-Atlantic partnership guaranteed peace and prosperity in the 20th century.

The Elephants in the Room: Citizens United, Trade and Corporate Ownership of Our Natural Resources

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 06.24.2013 | Green
Wenonah Hauter

How has consolidation enabled Monsanto, Tyson, Nestle, Kraft, Cargill, McDonalds and other food/ag/chemical companies to write our food policy, and why is about to get worse?

Economy Sick, Politics Deadlocked? How About a Trade Deal!?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The economy faces a persistent budget crisis. Pushback from Wall Street has gutted most of the banking reforms, unemployment is stuck around 8 percent, corporate profits have been soaring while there is no wage growth -- and the newest White House proposal is... a free trade zone with Europe. This idea of a Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Area was tossed in, reportedly at the last moment, to President Obama's State of the Union, and is being promoted in the government's latest report on trade. You don't know whether to laugh or cry. This is a classic case of changing the subject to a cause that will not address any of the economy's deeper ills and could well worsen them. It recalls the very old joke about the drunk looking for his keys under a lamp post. He mentions to a cop that he lost the keys somewhere else, but "this is where the light is."

Kevin Spacey and the Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement

András Simonyi | Posted 04.20.2013 | World
András Simonyi

2013-02-04-CTRlogo.jpgHouse of Cards should be watched and analyzed in Brussels and in capitals throughout the EU, because although it is fiction, it gives the perfect guide to Washington power, the understanding of which will be key to the success of the FTA negotiations.

How the Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement Can Succeed

András Simonyi | Posted 04.06.2013 | World
András Simonyi

2013-02-04-CTRlogo.jpgThere is a buzz, even excitement in the Atlantic community. Europe and America are bracing for a Comprehensive (Free) Trade Agreement (TAFTA).