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French business says stopping TTIP talks would be “an act of extreme gravity”

Twelve French business federations have called for continuation of TTIP negotiations ahead of a crucial trade ministers meeting held in Bratislava, Slovakia, today.  The move comes in reaction to declarations by French secretary of state in charge of trade, Matthias Fekl, that he would request a halt to the negotiations, and for a …

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Head of German Catholic Church says TTIP can contribute to fairer world economic order

He is Catholic, he is German, and his family name is Marx. You’d think he is against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership currently under negotiation between the EU and the United States. But in fact he approves of TTIP.   Cardinal Reinhard Marx, president of the German Bishop’s Conference, and also …

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Germany: how minority groups have come to dominate the public debate on TTIP

Origin of the graph: Matthias Bauer, ECIPE.   Has Germany’s public debate on TTIP been hijacked by two minority political parties? At least some evidence is now emerging that the discussion on the transatlantic treaty has been distorted by a highly active network of ‘civil society’ groups gravitating around the …

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In brief: Glimpses of TTIP’s institutional setup

TTIP’s institutional setup is shaping up to become quite inclusive. Too much perhaps?   The ten ‘textual proposals’ the EU Commission tabled to the United States Trade Representative during the fourtenth round of negotiations in July are gradually being unplucked and analysed by experts. Elaine Fahey is one of those geeky law …

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In brief: TTIP – Juncker pledges negotiation continuation – France tones down calls for suspension

EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said the Commission intended to continue negotiating the transatlantic trade agreement TTIP despite calls from some EU member states to halt the talks.  Washington and some capitals in the EU hope to finalise the three year old talks by the end of the year.   …