:: 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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  • 25-Feb-2015 WSJ Lawmakers grapple with ‘fast track’ trade bill
    US congressional leaders crafting the so-called fast-track bill, meant to expedite passage of trade deals, want to include sweeteners to attract skeptical Democrats, including rules to allow lawmakers greater access to details of ongoing trade negotiations.
  • 22-Feb-2015 Reuters Obama begins sales pitch on trade to wary US public
    President Barack Obama on Saturday began a broad sales pitch to the US public about the merits of free trade deals, an area in which he faces stiff resistance from many in his own Democratic party.
  • 18-Feb-2015 Counter Punch Corporate coup d’état: Those crappy trade deals
    The corporate media would prefer that people know nothing about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), the US-EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and other trade deals.
  • 5-Feb-2015 TWHA TISA: Leaked document uncovers secret discussions that undermine access to health care
    A secret discussion note for the Trade in Service Agreement (TISA) – leaked today by Associated Whistle-Blowing Press- uncovers that negotiators discuss reforms to the national health care systems in favour of international trade and the commercialisation of health care.
  • 23-Jan-2015 Rosa Luxembourg Stiftung TPP and TTIP: Partners in crime
    Mike Dolan, Vice-President of the Citizens’ Trade Campaign, takes stock of the resistance against both TPP and TTIP in the United States and outlines the strategy we need if we want to prevent the passage of “trade” agreements that threaten to kill jobs, undermine labor standards and environmental regulations, limit access to generic drugs, and even aim to exempt corporations from the judicial process.
  • 21-Jan-2015 The Guardian Democrats oppose Obama’s demand for fast-tracking Pacific trade deal
    Congressional Democrats are set to demonstrate their “lack of support” for the fast track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) the morning after Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.
  • 19-Jan-2015 EurActiv European Parliament is gearing up for TISA
    Overshadowed by the highly mediatised Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) negotiations are moving along, and will appear on the radar this year, promises Luxembourgish MEP Viviane Reding, responsible for the dossier.
  • 14-Jan-2015 GMO Inside US: Members of Congress demand to see secret trade deals
    US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and others, are demanding that trade representatives turn over a full text of the TPP trade agreement.
  • 8-Jan-2015 Korea Herald Regional agreements gaining steam
    While bilateral free trade agreements, as a means to further the market-opening and rule-making agenda, have been globally picking up steam, there have also been parallel efforts to usher in a plethora of regional trade agreements and economic unions.
  • 8-Jan-2015 Reuters US free trade critics, supporters kick off battle for public opinion
    Supporters and critics of free trade are readying for a bitter battle this year over major free trade deals and legislation to fast-track trade agreements through the US Congress.
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    Links

  • 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.
  • PAFTA
    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
  • 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