:: Across the board ::

This section contains news and analysis of sweeping developments that affect the overall push and pull towards FTAs and bilateral investment treaties. This means major trends relating to bilateralism, often with global consequences, and other cross-cutting issues. New developments arising from US politics, the WTO or South-South alliance-building, for instance, are often reported here as they tend to have systemic impacts.

last update: May 2012


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  • 4-Mar-2015 TTIP and the push for a new global economic order
    A lot of protest has arisen against the Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership in recent times, and rightly so. For those who take a good look at the available negotiating documents realize that it is about a lot more than granting Access to our markets for chlorine chickens and hormone-infested beef, or the abolition of our committees for Security and Hygiene in the work environment. This is about something bigger. It’s about the continuation and the imposition of the neoliberal agenda. It is about laying the bricks for a hegemonic worldview for the coming decennia.
  • 4-Mar-2015 CSN Le libre-échange, dans l’angle mort de l’austérité
    Les accords de libre-échange comme l’AÉCG ou le PTP rendront définitives les privatisations futures qui découleraient des mesures d’austérité.
  • 4-Mar-2015 DIE European trade policy at an impasse
    With all eyes on TTIP, we are losing sight of the real challenges for Europe emerging in the Asia-Pacific economic region, argues Axel Berger
  • 25-Feb-2015 WSJ Lawmakers grapple with ‘fast track’ trade bill
    US congressional leaders crafting the so-called fast-track bill, meant to expedite passage of trade deals, want to include sweeteners to attract skeptical Democrats, including rules to allow lawmakers greater access to details of ongoing trade negotiations.
  • 22-Feb-2015 Reuters Obama begins sales pitch on trade to wary US public
    President Barack Obama on Saturday began a broad sales pitch to the US public about the merits of free trade deals, an area in which he faces stiff resistance from many in his own Democratic party.
  • 18-Feb-2015 Counter Punch Corporate coup d’état: Those crappy trade deals
    The corporate media would prefer that people know nothing about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), the US-EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and other trade deals.
  • 5-Feb-2015 TWHA TISA: Leaked document uncovers secret discussions that undermine access to health care
    A secret discussion note for the Trade in Service Agreement (TISA) – leaked today by Associated Whistle-Blowing Press- uncovers that negotiators discuss reforms to the national health care systems in favour of international trade and the commercialisation of health care.
  • 23-Jan-2015 Rosa Luxembourg Stiftung TPP and TTIP: Partners in crime
    Mike Dolan, Vice-President of the Citizens’ Trade Campaign, takes stock of the resistance against both TPP and TTIP in the United States and outlines the strategy we need if we want to prevent the passage of “trade” agreements that threaten to kill jobs, undermine labor standards and environmental regulations, limit access to generic drugs, and even aim to exempt corporations from the judicial process.
  • 21-Jan-2015 The Guardian Democrats oppose Obama’s demand for fast-tracking Pacific trade deal
    Congressional Democrats are set to demonstrate their “lack of support” for the fast track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) the morning after Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.
  • 19-Jan-2015 EurActiv European Parliament is gearing up for TISA
    Overshadowed by the highly mediatised Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) negotiations are moving along, and will appear on the radar this year, promises Luxembourgish MEP Viviane Reding, responsible for the dossier.
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    A new US government public relations effort aimed at convincing people of the benefits of FTAs