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Dispute over the TTIP

The EU and the US want to boost trade on both sides of the Atlantic by creating the world's largest free-trade zone. Critics point to the lack of transparency in the negotiations and fear social and environmental standards could suffer. What is the price of more trade?

La Repubblica - Italy | Monday, 19. October 2015

Slavoj Žižek explains why TTIP is an assault on democracy

The EU and the US will resume their negotiations on the planned TTIP on Monday. The agreement is a frontal attack on democracy, Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek complains in the centre-left daily La Repubblica: » more

Dienas Bizness - Latvia | Wednesday, 14. October 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: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Thursday, 15. October 2015

Good that EU is addressing TTIP opponents

The EU Commission on Wednesday presented a new trade strategy in response to massive criticism of its Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations with the US. The Commission's counterstrike is a highly welcome development, the centre-right daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung comments: » more

Irish Examiner - Ireland | Monday, 12. October 2015

TTIP unfortunately not a big issue in Ireland

After the mass protests against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership on Saturday in Berlin the EU wants to commit the US to adopting higher welfare and environmental standards, according to media reports. The Irish seem to care far less about the deal than the Germans, the liberal daily Irish Examiner writes in astonishment: » more

24 Sata - Croatia | Monday, 12. October 2015

Europe's citizens haven't forgotten TTIP

According to police figures around 150,000 people demonstrated against the TTIP and CETA, the free trade agreements the EU plans to sign with the US and Canada, on Saturday in Berlin. This shows that the people are keeping an eye on EU politics despite the distraction of the refugee crisis, writes the conservative tabloid 24 Sata: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Tuesday, 6. October 2015

TPP will speed up TTIP negotiations

After five years of negotiations the US, Japan and ten other Pacific Rim nations concluded a free trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on Monday. The centre-right daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung predicts that this will accelerate the TTIP negotiations: » more

Deutschlandfunk - Germany | Wednesday, 16. September 2015

Malmström's TTIP courts would be progress

EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström wants a court system rather than private arbitration tribunals for resolving investment protection disputes in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The judges would be publicly appointed, she explained on Wednesday. The German public broadcaster Deutschlandfunk praises the initiative but points to a drawback: » more

Die Presse - Austria | Wednesday, 19. August 2015

Too much secrecy endangers TTIP

The European Commission did not send the latest negotiating paper on the TTIP free trade agreement to the member states because it didn't want any details to be made public. By choosing this course it is endangering the success of the agreement, writes the conservative daily Die Presse: » more

Le Monde - France | Tuesday, 11. August 2015

TTIP documents exposure unrealistic

The whistle-blowing platform Wikileaks on Tuesday announced its plan to offer a 100,000 euro reward for information on the TTIP documents. The money is currently being raised by a crowdfunding campaign. It will be nigh on impossible to get information, explains journalist Maxime Vaudano on his blog for the daily Le Monde: » more

Handelsblatt - Germany | Thursday, 9. July 2015

MEPs right to vote for TTIP

The European Parliament backed the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) in a non-binding resolution on Wednesday. The result of the vote is not a kowtow to business interests, the liberal business daily Handelsblatt writes: » more

La Libre Belgique - Belgium | Tuesday, 23. June 2015

End to TTIP would be victory for Europe

Inta, the trade committee of the European Parliament, will discuss the proposal for bilateral arbitration tribunals in the TTIP transatlantic trade agreement on Monday. Economist Pierre Defraigne hopes in the liberal daily La Libre Belgique that the Parliament will put an end to the agreement: » more

Der Tagesspiegel - Germany | Monday, 15. June 2015

TTIP opponents should not rejoice too soon

The US House of Representatives on Friday blocked a law aimed at making it easier for President Barack Obama to negotiate the free trade agreement with the EU (TTIP) and the Pacific Region (TPP). Critics of these agreements shouldn't rejoice too soon, the liberal-conservative daily Der Tagesspiegel warns: » more

Main focus of Thursday, 11. June 2015

EU Parliament puts off TTIP debate

The EU Parliament postponed the planned TTIP debate on Wednesday. It was clear in advance that an agreement would not be reached due to the ... » more

Duma - Bulgaria | Thursday, 11. June 2015

Unclear signals from the EU Parliament

Annoyed at the sudden postponement of the debate the left-leaning daily Duma comments as follows: » more

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | Thursday, 11. June 2015

EU Parliament President abusing his power

On the surface the dispute in the European Parliament may be about protecting foreign investors through private arbitration tribunals (ISDS) but what the President of the EU Parliament Martin Schulz is really trying to do with the delay is support the European Commission and the German government, the left-leaning daily taz suspects: » more

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | Wednesday, 10. June 2015

TTIP doesn't need private arbitration tribunals

The vote on a TTIP resolution in the European Parliament that was planned for today has been postponed because more than 50 amendments have been submitted. The Socialists and Democrats Group (S&Ds) should finally see to it that the controversial private arbitration tribunals are struck entirely from the agreement, the left-leaning daily taz argues, noting that the tribunals "are the opposite of what the world needs. What it needs is fair, dignified work, protection for the environment and resources, an entirely new economic system. … Now the Socialists and Democrats Group is struggling to reach a decision on whether to reject the arbitration tribunals entirely. This could lead to a rather odd coalition securing a majority against the tribunals in the EU Parliament: » more

Kansan Uutiset - Finland | Tuesday, 9. June 2015

EU Parliament shouldn't give TTIP thumbs up

The European Parliament will vote on Wednesday on a resolution regarding the controversial investor-state arbitration in the TTIP transatlantic trade agreement. In view of the roughly two million signatures that have been gathered so far against the TTIP the MEPs would do well to review their decision, the left-leaning daily Kansan Uutiset points out: » more

Večernji list - Croatia | Monday, 8. June 2015

Use TTIP to steer the course of globalisation

The European Parliament wants to pass a resolution on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on Friday. The partnership is also an opportunity for Croatia, writes the conservative daily Večernji List: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Thursday, 7. May 2015

Malmström changes TTIP for strategic reasons

EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström wants to soften the controversial investor protection provision in the free trade agreement TTIP, and presented a corresponding draft in the EU Parliament on Wednesday. The left-liberal daily Der Standard sees strategic goals behind the move: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Monday, 20. April 2015

TTIP protesters just anti-Americans

Tens of thousands gathered in Germany and other EU states to protest the planned Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between Europe and the US. An anti-American ideology is behind this, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera complains: » more

Slobodna Dalmacija - Croatia | Monday, 23. March 2015

Boris Dežulović on the loss of freedom with the TTIP

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership will usher in a new era that strips Europeans of their freedom, writer Boris Dežulović laments in the liberal daily Slobodna Dalmacija: » more

Le Soir - Belgium | Thursday, 5. March 2015

Belgium finally discussing the TTIP

Debates on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP, are currently taking place in several Belgian cities. The liberal daily Le Soir believes intense discussion of the agreement is indispensable: » more

Delo - Slovenia | Thursday, 26. February 2015

Mario Belović on why we learn nothing about the TTIP

Despite ongoing criticism details about the TTIP transatlantic free trade agreement between the EU and the US have yet to be made public, Mario Belović writes in the left-liberal daily Delo and sees three potential reasons for this silence: » more

Kauppalehti - Finland | Monday, 9. February 2015

Secretiveness only fans fears about TTIP

The EU and the US concluded the eighth round of negotiations on the TTIP free trade agreement on Friday. The business daily Kauppalehti complains about the inadequate information policy of the negotiating partners: » more

The Times - United Kingdom | Thursday, 15. January 2015

Obama and Cameron must promote TTIP

British Prime Minister David Cameron is visiting US President Barack Obama today, Thursday. The conservative daily The Times urges the two to work out strategies for advocating the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): » more

Der Standard - Austria | Monday, 29. September 2014

EU Commission surprisingly attentive

EU Trade Commissioner-designate Cecilia Malmström has spoken out in favour of a change of course in the negotiations on the TTIP free trade agreement with the US. The left-liberal daily Der Standard welcomes this: » more

Hospodárske noviny - Slovakia | Tuesday, 23. September 2014

TTIP gives Europe more than chlorine chickens

The negotiations for the TTIP free trade agreement between the EU and the US are failing to make progress because above all the Europeans still haven't grasped its advantages, the liberal daily Hospodářské noviny complains: » more

Les Echos - France | Thursday, 21. August 2014

TTIP is France's big chance

France has taken a very sceptical view of the free trade agreement (TTIP) between the EU and the US for months. In June Paris even ... » more

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Tuesday, 20. May 2014

Free-trade agreement is good for all

While the EU and the US resumed their negotiations for a free-trade agreement on Monday, Dutch politicians also once again voiced criticism of the plans. But their fears are exaggerated, the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant points out: » more

Libération - France | Sunday, 18. May 2014

TTIP could fail without transparency

Negotiations over the TTIP free trade agreement between the EU and the US will enter their fifth round today, Monday. But popular opposition to the agreement is growing and Brussels must react, the left-liberal daily Libération warns: » more

Wiener Zeitung - Austria | Thursday, 8. May 2014

TTIP plans threaten rule of law

EU Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht and the US Representative Michael Froman promoted the plans for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on Monday in Berlin. The state-owned Wiener Zeitung criticises the fact that under the agreement private courts of arbitration are to decide trade disputes: » more

Kurier - Austria | Tuesday, 11. February 2014

GM maize will boost anti-EU sentiment

A genetically modified type of maize produced by the US hybrid seed producer DuPont Pioneer is on the verge of being authorised in the EU. Despite hefty criticism at a ministerial meeting on Tuesday in Brussels, there were not enough votes to reject the authorisation. The daily Kurier fears a new wave of anti-EU sentiment: » more

El Periódico de Catalunya - Spain | Wednesday, 12. February 2014

France and US trust each other once more

The bond of trust between France and the US has been restored, the left-liberal daily El Periódico de Catalunya writes, commenting on Hollande's visit to the White House and hopes that this will accelerate the transatlantic free trade agreement: » more

Le Temps - Switzerland | Tuesday, 12. November 2013

No unconditional free trade with the US

Speaking at the European Institute of the University of Geneva, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso has praised European values and the ongoing negotiations with the US for a free trade deal. But for the liberal daily Le Temps things are going a little too fast: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Monday, 4. November 2013

Trade agreement with US a threat to democracy

The planned free trade agreement between the EU and the US could undercut the rights of the citizens of Europe, the left-liberal daily The Guardian warns, criticising the agreement above all because it would allow businesses to sue governments seeking to protect the people's interests: » more

Jutarnji list - Croatia | Thursday, 31. October 2013

Spying scandal endangers free trade deal

The NSA scandal has damaged relations between Europe and the US. This comes in very handy for Russia, political analyst Zeljko Trkanjec comments in the liberal daily Jutarnji List: » more

Le Monde - France | Monday, 28. October 2013

Loss of trust will cost the US dearly

At their summit meeting at the end of last week, the EU heads of state and government harshly criticised the US for its spying activities but continued to show respect for the country's interests in the planned free trade agreement. That won't be the case for long, the left-liberal daily Le Monde prophesies: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Friday, 25. October 2013

Europe still needs the US

Notwithstanding all their justified indignation the Europeans should use diplomacy to resolve the tensions over the spying affair, the liberal-conservative Neue Zürcher Zeitung advises: » more

Večer - Slovenia | Friday, 25. October 2013

Capital wins out yet again in spying scandal

For economic reasons Europe's politicians will opt for a pragmatic approach in the spying affair - putting human rights on the back burner once more, the conservative daily Večer predicts: » more

Turun Sanomat - Finland | Wednesday, 10. July 2013

Transatlantic free trade with hurdles

The US and the EU started talks on Monday about a free trade agreement. Both sides stand to benefit but a number of hurdles still stand in their way, comments the liberal daily Turun Sanomat: » more

Göteborgs-Posten - Sweden | Tuesday, 9. July 2013

Free trade agreement must exclude no one

The negotiations on a free trade agreement between the US and the EU started on Monday. But they must not curtail the prosperity of non-member countries, the independent daily Göteborgs-Posten warns: » more

Delo - Slovenia | Monday, 8. July 2013

EU won't put free trade zone at risk

Representatives of the EU and US will resume talks about a joint free trade zone today. Accusations about the US intelligence service's data espionage won't stand in the way of the negotiations after all, the left-liberal daily Delo writes: » more

Turun Sanomat - Finland | Wednesday, 3. July 2013

US loses trust with spy programme

The indignation of Europeans at the revelations by former secret service contractor Edward Snowden is justified, the liberal daily Turun Sanomat writes: » more

Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | Tuesday, 2. July 2013

Don't jeopardise free trade agreement

EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding on Monday cast doubts on the upcoming negotiations for a trade agreement between the US and the EU, saying that a free trade zone would be unthinkable if the US's spying activities continued. The liberal daily Dagens Nyheter calls for a pragmatic outlook here: » more

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Wednesday, 19. June 2013

Happy ending to EU-US partnership crisis

The transatlantic free-trade zone has been given the green light by the G8, the liberal business daily Il Sole 24 Ore writes jubilantly after the end of the summit: » more

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Friday, 14. June 2013

Protectionism hurts culture

France's demand for exceptions to be made for audiovisual cultural goods in the negotiations on a free trade agreement between the EU and the United States will be detrimental to the country's culture and won't even help Europe's economy, the liberal business paper Il Sole 24 Ore points out: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Thursday, 13. June 2013

France gives priority to culture over commerce

The potential French veto against the planned free trade agreement between the EU and the US is understandable, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung writes: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Friday, 14. June 2013

Data protection endangers agreement with US

The real threat to the success of the free trade agreement is not France's opposition, since a compromise will be found for the French film industry, the left-liberal daily Der Standard writes, stressing that data protection will be the true sticking point: » more

Público - Portugal | Thursday, 14. February 2013

Battle cry against protectionism

Europe and the US aim to give the flagging economies on both sides of the Atlantic a powerful boost with the creation of the world's largest free trade zone. By doing so the transatlantic region would demonstrate new strength and initiative, the liberal daily Público comments gleefully: » more

Expansión - Spain | Thursday, 14. February 2013

New transatlantic counterweight to China

A free trade zone between the EU and the US would finally put the focus of international policy back on transatlantic relations, the conservative business paper Expansión writes enthusiastically: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Thursday, 14. February 2013

EU and US must make compromises

Whether a free trade zone between the US and the EU would be a success depends on both sides' ability to make compromises, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung points out: » more

Corriere del Ticino - Switzerland | Wednesday, 13. February 2013

Obama wants to go down in history

Barack Obama presented an ambitious programme in his State of the Union address on Tuesday. Finally the US president is taking on Congress, the liberal daily Corriere del Ticino comments delightedly: » more


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