:: 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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  • 18-Apr-2016 The Guardian Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems
    Where neoliberal policies cannot be imposed domestically, they are imposed internationally, through trade treaties.
  • 11-Apr-2016 Huffington Post This is a really dumb way to fix poverty
    Hint: it involves taking money from poor people.
  • 16-Mar-2016 Huffington Post What’s the problem with free trade?
    Economists say that free trade allows us to take advantage of the "comparative advantages" offered by other countries. Unfortunately, low labor and environmental-protection costs are seen as a comparative advantage.
  • 8-Feb-2016 L’Observatoire des multinationales Les traités de libre-échange sont des armes de destruction massive
    De la décolonisation au Tafta
  • 14-Jan-2016 Market Watch Global economy moved one step forward, one step back in 2015
    The problem of TPP is with the “investment” chapter, which severely constrains environmental, health, and safety regulation, and even financial regulations with significant macroeconomic impacts.
  • 14-Jan-2016 Les Echos Le retour du commerce administré menace le libre-échange
    L’accord sur le climat ou la création d’une nouvelle banque de développement par les BRICS l’an dernier vont influer sur 2016. Mais le vrai enjeu, moins médiatique, ce sont les accords commerciaux restrictifs qui s’annoncent.
  • 13-Nov-2015 The Hindu ‘FTAs weaken multilateral systems’
    Bilateral agreements were weakening the multilateral arrangements that looked after the Least Developed Countries (LDCs).
  • 5-Nov-2015 The Guardian The gathering financial storm is just one effect of corporate power unbound
    What have governments learned from the financial crisis? I could write a column spelling it out. Or I could do the same job with one word: nothing.
  • 16-Oct-2015 IP Watchdog Trans Pacific Partnership IP chapter – trademarks, thoughts on geographical indications
    This article offers accompanying commentary together on the TPP’s trademark provisions together with thoughts on portions of the TPP text regarding Geographical Indications (GIs)
  • 16-Oct-2015 Ars Technica Fallout from EU-US Safe Harbour ruling will be dramatic and far-reaching
    Clever ruling by the Court of Justice will be almost impossible to circumvent. The "Safe Harbour" ruling is likely to affect trade agreements like TISA and TTIP in important ways.
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  • #A18DoA - Global day of action to defeat free trade and investment treaties
    Website for the global day of action to defeat free trade and investment treaties #A18DoA
  • 10-17 October 2015: International days of action
    From October 10 to 17 2015, join marches, mass demonstrations or organize local actions all over Europe and North America to stop TTIP, CETA, TiSA and the TPP!
  • 21st Century Trade Agreements: Implications for Long-Run Development Policy
    A publication of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future. The paper examines the policy space available under various free trade regimes for countries pursuing industrial policies for development.
    People Against Free Trade Agreements (PAFTA) is a proposal to join & unite people from all continents currently already fighting TPP/TTIP/TAFTA/CETA/PAFTA or any of their respective "free trade agreement" in their own country.
  • Pambazuka
    In this week’s edition of the Emerging Powers News Round-Up, read a comprehensive list of news stories and opinion pieces related to China, India and other emerging powers...
  • Regional/Multilateral Integration Agreements
    Selected research papers on regional trade agreements, from internationaleconomics.net
  • Resistance
    Our website peopleresist.net is an online information hub on current TNC offensives and peoples’ resistance, with strong emphasis on Southern basic masses’ movements and perspectives.
  • Stop fast track!
    10 days to stop fast track in the United States: Jan 22 - 31 2014
  • TradeAgreements.gov
    A new US government public relations effort aimed at convincing people of the benefits of FTAs