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Dienas Bizness - Latvia | 14/10/2015

TTIP still a long way off after signing of TPP

The TTP freed trade agreement between the US and eleven Pacific Rim states is a positive development, the business daily Dienas Bizness writes, at the same time predicting that it will be some time before the TTIP is signed with the EU: "The [trans-Pacific] free trade agreement should be seen as a foreign policy victory for US President Barack Obama. … The question is of course how the project will work in practice, because different countries with different socio-economic environments are behind it: Malaysia is known as a human trafficking hub; Brunei is ruled over by its sultan. So it's too soon to say how this partnership will work out. But at least it's a step towards a free trade agreement between the EU and the US because the talks on a similar agreement here are stalling, and right now there are no indications that such a deal with the EU will be signed under Obama's presidency."

Dienas Bizness - Latvia | 03/08/2014

Sanctions against Russia bad for Latvia

The EU sanctions against Russia and Russia's counter-sanctions will mean heavy losses for Latvia's export trade, the business daily Dienas bizness estimates, and hopes that Latvia's politicians will push for exceptions to the sanctions: "Foreign investors choose Latvia and its businesses for two reasons: Western investors see it as a point of access to the Russian market and Russian investors see it as a path to Europe. ... In this respect the statements of Latvia's foreign minister to the effect that the sanctions won't affect the Latvian economy sound like a fairytale. The main task of the Latvian politicians now is not to pay too much heed to the major powers and instead focus on compensation for the economy. Exceptions are possible, as France's intention of supplying Russia with a Mistral helicopter carrier in the autumn confirms."

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