The free-trade agreement between the U.S., Japan and another nine Asia-Pacific countries (TTP) should speed up the negotiations between the European Union and the U.S. regarding The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). These talks started over five years ago and there have been, and continue to be, some critical moments.
BRUSSELS | In an attempt to win the public opinion battle, the European Commission has established an alternative judicial system to deal with cases between private investors and states. The previous investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS) had been widely criticised for favouring big corporate interests.
BERLIN | By Alberto Lozano | The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is being negotiated between the European Commission and the United States in Brussels. Once again, Germany, as Europe’s economic and political powerhouse, could have the last word on its contents and approval.
WASHINGTON | By Pablo Pardo | A new crisis has hit the EU-US negotiations to create the transatlantic free trade area known as TTIP. Now, the main culprit seems to be Edward Snowden and his revelations about the US National Security Agency (NSA). US defense and national security apparatus have just ignored the situation. However, the concern is much more palpable in the US Treasury, the Commerce Department and the USTR.
NEW YORK | By Ana Fuentes | Half a million phone calls, emails and text messages bugged by the American security agency in Germany over a typical month; microphones at the French, Italian and Greek missions and Embassies in Washington… European leaders are outraged. The last Snowden saga revelations might compromise their trade deal with the US.