:: 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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  • 30-Mar-2015 La Via Campesina 17 April 2015: International Day of Peasant and Farmer Struggle against Transnational Companies and Free Trade Agreements
    This April 17th 2015, La Via Campesina will focus its mobilizations on the impacts of Transnational Corporations and Free Trade Agreements on peasant and small-scale agriculture and national food sovereignty
  • 28-Mar-2015 Emerging Markets LatAm states look to trade in bilateral deals for regional agreements
    Latin American countries are increasingly looking at the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) as forming the foundation of a broader free trade area of Asia Pacific linking the 21 economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.
  • 25-Mar-2015 AFP UE-USA: l’accord de libre-échange doit être "transparent", selon le FMI
    Le Fonds monétaire international assure que les traités transatlantique (TTIP) et transpacifique (TPP), acutellement en discussion, doivent "minimiser la discrimination" vis-à-vis des pays qui n’en sont pas signataires et éviter ainsi "l’impression que le commerce ne progresse que pour un club privilégié de pays".
  • 12-Mar-2015 Reuters Push against investment rules in US trade deals picks up
    Law professors from across the United States urged lawmakers to keep rules to protect foreign investors out of trade pacts on Wednesday, warning they would give big companies too much power.
  • 11-Mar-2015 Wall Street Journal Unions to fight trade pact by freezing political donations
    Dozens of major labor unions plan to freeze campaign contributions to members of Congress to pressure them to oppose fast-track trade legislation sought by President Barack Obama , according to labor officials.
  • 10-Mar-2015 European Council Trade in services agreement: negotiating mandate made public
    The Council decided on 10 March 2015 to declassify the mandate given to the Commission to negotiate an international agreement on trade in services.
  • 4-Mar-2015 TTIP and the push for a new global economic order
    A lot of protest has arisen against the Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership in recent times, and rightly so. For those who take a good look at the available negotiating documents realize that it is about a lot more than granting Access to our markets for chlorine chickens and hormone-infested beef, or the abolition of our committees for Security and Hygiene in the work environment. This is about something bigger. It’s about the continuation and the imposition of the neoliberal agenda. It is about laying the bricks for a hegemonic worldview for the coming decennia.
  • 4-Mar-2015 CSN Le libre-échange, dans l’angle mort de l’austérité
    Les accords de libre-échange comme l’AÉCG ou le PTP rendront définitives les privatisations futures qui découleraient des mesures d’austérité.
  • 4-Mar-2015 DIE European trade policy at an impasse
    With all eyes on TTIP, we are losing sight of the real challenges for Europe emerging in the Asia-Pacific economic region, argues Axel Berger
  • 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.
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  • 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.
    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
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  • 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