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German government hits back after TTIP demo
Despite the massive anti-TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) protest in Berlin, the German government and industry still want to press on with the negotiations
Berlin anti-TTIP trade deal protest attracts hundreds of thousands
Environmental groups, charities and opposition parties who organised protest against free trade deal between the EU and US say 250,000 people took part
German Bundestag not happy about being kept out of ttip reading room in Berlin
The parliamentary representatives expressed concerns about limitations with regard to the current mechanisms to allow for access for members of national parliaments.
’Nein Danke’ — smaller German firms see US trade deal as threat
Small and medium-sized companies known as the ’Mittelstand’ that account for 89 percent of Germany’s exporters are skeptical of the trade deal being hammered out between Brussels and Washington.
Germany’s most powerful trade union grouping to join protest against trans-Atlantic trade pact
A powerful grouping of German trade unions says it will help organize protests this fall against a planned trans-Atlantic free trade pact.
EU arts policies could lead to ISDS lawsuits, admits German government
The German federal government has admitted that an EU country’s arts policies could lead to it being sued by foreign corporations before investor tribunals under trade agreements being negotiated with Canada and the US.
India-EU FTA would require compromises by all sides: Merkel
A Free Trade Agreement between India and the EU would require "compromises" by all sides, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought her help for an early conclusion of a "balanced and mutually beneficial" deal, stalled for two years.
German economy minister: TTIP will not bring economic boom
"I don‘t believe in the wondrous calculations regarding economic growth through TTIP," German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel told Focus magazine on Saturday.
Germany worries about TTIP’s impact on environmental standards
The German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) is worried that the stated aim of the EU-US negotiations for a free trade agreement to bring regulations and standards as close together as possible, may lower environmental standards in the EU.
Germany pledges to stand firm in US-EU TTIP trade talks
German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel has pledged to prevent any clauses in a US-EU trade deal that go against the ideals of his party, the Social Democrats - including protection clauses called for by the US.
German industry slashes estimates of benefits of US trade deal
German industry federation BDI has been forced to slash its estimate of the economic benefits for Europe of a proposed US-EU free trade pact by a factor of 10, it conceded Wednesday.
German Social Democrats fear free trade
Support for the TTIP free trade agreement with the US is waning further among Germany’s Social Democrats, DW reports
Germany: Investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) is unconstitutional
A report authored by Prof. Dr. Siegfried Broß and recently published by the German Hans Böckler Stiftung concludes that the Investor-State-Dispute Settlement (ISDS) tribunals currently planned to be included in the TTIP and CETA free-trade agreements are not in accordance with Germany’s constitution.
German carmakers say yes to TTIP
Top representatives from the German automobile industry met in Berlin to voice their support for TTIP. The controversial deal could save them billions of euros per year.
German workers warn auto bosses not to compromise rights in TTIP
Union representatives at Germany’s largest carmakers including Daimler and Volkswagen warned auto bosses and politicians on Tuesday not to water down labour rights in negotiations for a transatlantic trade deal.
TTIP is ’big bonanza’ for developing countries, EU claims
German Development Minister Gerd Müller counters criticism of TTIP with study on how it will impact developing and newly industrialised countries
‘We are fed up!’:Thousands march against TTIP & GMOs in Berlin
A broad alliance of farmers, ethical consumers, and anti-capitalist activists staged a march through Berlin that numbered up to 50,000, to denounce the proposed TTIP treaty between the US and EU, and mass farming technologies.
France and Germany to form united front against ISDS
The two countries are discussing throwing their combined weight behind a common position to exclude an Investor State Dispute Settlement mechanism from trade talks with the US
Food issues will not block EU-US trade deal: German minister
Germany’s farm minister Christian Schmidt says the United States is likely to back down on its opposition to the compulsory labeling of products containing or fed by GMOs.
’We can’t protect every sausage,’ says German agriculture minister over TTIP deal
Germany’s Minister of Agriculture, Christian Schmidt, says some German specialties may be stripped of their regional protection due to a free-trade deal with the US.