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Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

Another Secret 'Trade' Deal Leaks, Shows Corporations Still Control Trade Process

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.03.2016 | Business
Dave Johnson

The TPP negotiations took place in a secret process dominated by the giant multinational corporations, and the final agreement is waiting to be approved or rejected by Congress - probably during the "lame duck" session, because that is when members are least likely to be held accountable for their votes.

Greenpeace Leaks U.S.-EU Trade Deal Documents

Reuters | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 05.03.2016 | World

A sweeping free trade deal being negotiated between the European Union and the United States would lower food safety and environmental standards, Gree...

Obama's European Folly

Saad Khan | Posted 04.27.2016 | World
Saad Khan

President Barack Obama's recent -- and most probably the last -- visit to Europe was a failure. It could have turned the tide of declining relationship but ended up as a lackluster goodbye toast.

Denmark Creates More Than 60,000 Jobs in the U.S.

Lars Gert Lose | Posted 04.22.2016 | Business
Lars Gert Lose

"Contribute to growth and job creation in Denmark". That's how the first sentence begin in the performance contract I signed before going to Washington as Denmark's new ambassador to the United States.

Want to Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground? Stop These Trade Deals

Ben Beachy | Posted 03.23.2016 | Green
Ben Beachy

Did you know that two looming trade deals, if passed by Congress, would newly empower 45 of the world's 50 largest corporate climate polluters to "sue" governments in private tribunals over policies that keep fossil fuels in the ground?

The Year of Trade Deals: A Sensible Debate

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy | Posted 03.21.2016 | World
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

Why trade and why now? Not since the establishment of the World Trade Organization in 1995 has international trade received as much public attention as we have observed over the past several months.

A Great Achievement in Economic Diplomacy

Matt Gold | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics
Matt Gold

A free trade agreement (FTA) expands economic opportunity in foreign markets for American workers and businesses, while doing the same for their foreign counterparts in our market. The increased trade improves the overall economy of each country. But, in order to avoid unwanted side effects, modern FTAs do more.

Agenda to Bring New Corporate Issues into the WTO is Defeated, But So Are Developing Countries' Demands for More Policy Space for Development

Deborah James | Posted 12.29.2015 | World
Deborah James

Nairobi, Kenya - At the first ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Africa, it was clear that the majority of members opposed f...

Why the TPP Is an 'Economic NATO'

Wu Sike | Posted 10.19.2015 | World
Wu Sike

BEIJING -- The TPP is a trade pact dominated by the United States, which seeks to be the dominant power in writing rules for global trade and investment in this century. Another goal is, via the implementation of the TPP, to create an Asia-Pacific economic sphere that is also dominated by the United States, and to get the U.S. deeply involved in the Asia-Pacific economic integration process.

Creating a Progressive West With the TTIP

European Horizons | Posted 06.25.2015 | World
European Horizons

The TTIP should be more than just a tool to raise corporate profits -- it should embody a new world order predicated on shared values between the U.S. and Europe.

Michael McAuliff

House Passes Fast-Track Trade Do-Over

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The GOP-led House of Representatives started over on trade Thursday, passing a fresh bill to give President Barack Obama sweeping powers...

Michael McAuliff

Activists Threaten Primaries Against Dems Who Back Trade Deals

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democratic activists are trying to add momentum to a revolt against President Barack Obama's trade push Friday, threatening to seek prim...

Michael McAuliff

Obama's Trade Deals Show He's Out Of Touch With The Real World, Dem Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama backs a corporate trade agenda because he no longer lives in the real world, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) charged...

Zach Carter

Progressive Groups Call On Obama Trade Official To Disclose Communications With Wall Street Banks

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A coalition of progressive organizations sent a letter to President Barack Obama's top trade negotiator on Thursday, asking him to discl...

Michael McAuliff

Harry Reid Calls Trade Push By Obama And GOP 'Insanity'

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The push by President Barack Obama and Republicans for gigantic new trade deals meets the definition of insanity, Senate Minority Leader...

On Trade Reform, Why Isn't Elizabeth Warren Teaming Up With the European Union?

Rafael Salazar | Posted 05.15.2016 | Politics
Rafael Salazar

Getting 12 Asian and North American countries to agree on a massive free trade agreement that will impact their entire economy is sometimes easier than reaching across the aisle in Congress.

Michael McAuliff

Senate Passes Trade Protections, Starts Battle Over Fast-Track

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate passed a pair of trade protection measures Thursday, and voted shortly afterward to start debate on the fast-track bill that ...

Trade, Jobs, and the Politics of TPA

Douglas Holtz-Eakin | Posted 05.11.2016 | Politics
Douglas Holtz-Eakin

Why are so many senators from trade-rich states currently on the fence or against a policy that clearly is in their states' economic interest?

Michael McAuliff

Schumer Warns Obama's Trade Agenda May Die Without A China Currency-Manipulation Crackdown

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama can just about kiss his trade agenda goodbye if he doesn't allow Congress to pass a measure cracking down on Chin...

Michael McAuliff

Democrats' Frustration With Obama Boils Over As Trade Bills Advance

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats' frustration with President Barack Obama's trade agenda bubbled over Thursday, with key opponents accusing their party's leade...

Michael McAuliff

Murder Doesn't Matter Under Trade Deals, Obama Administration Informs Unions

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Defenders of the White House push for sweeping trade deals argue they include tough enforcement of labor standards. But a top union lead...

Julia Craven

Economists Lobbying Congress For Trade Deal Could Benefit From Its Passage

HuffingtonPost.com | Julia Craven | Posted 03.13.2015 | Politics

Last week, 14 former chairs of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers penned a letter to congressional leaders in support of a controversial m...

Fast-Tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Bad for General Welfare and Common Good

Stephen Seufert | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Stephen Seufert

If the president is confident the TPP trade agreement is in the best interest of the United States, then he should have no concern about letting Congress propose amendments that can be shared with partner nations during negotiations.

Michael McAuliff

Mitch McConnell Pledges Fast Action For Secretive Trade Deals

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- New Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) pledged Wednesday to move full speed ahead to give President Barack Obama so-called f...

Austerity Killing You? How About a Trade Deal?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 03.06.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Europe is right on the edge of another downward lurch into prolonged deflation. GDP growth is hovering right around zero. Germany, as an export powerhouse, continues to thrive, but at the expense of the rest of the continent. The euro, which keeps sinking against the U.S. dollar, is now trading at just $1.20, its lowest level in four and a half years. Unemployment outside prosperous Germany remains stuck at over 12 percent. All of this weakens the political center that supports the EU, and increases the appeal of far-right parties. So what does Europe have left? It is a mark of the delusion of Europe's leaders that the EU is putting its chips on a trade deal with the U.S. -- the so-called Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. TTIP is not really a trade deal at all but a series of measures intended to promote further deregulation of economic, financial, health, labor, safety, privacy, and environmental protections on both sides of the Atlantic.