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EU court slams EU Commission for blocking anti-TTIP movement
The General Court of the European Union passed a ruling in support of public initiatives critical of EU legislation. The court said that movements like "Stop TTIP" could contribute to public debates on pressing issues.
Why are my highly educated friends so ignorant about trade?
Local Futures’ Isabel Marlens discusses why many people know so little about trade issues, and what can be done about it.
Free trade agreements not the great deal we’ve been sold
Australian governments of late seem only to listen to the din of money as though that equates with national interest.
Tafta : la souveraineté kidnappée
Jusqu’où peut-on pousser la logique du libre-échange ?
Italy to block democratic vote on CETA for 500 million Europeans, according to leaked letter
Italian minister claims credibility of EU as a "reliable trade partner" is at stake.
Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA): Consumers International makes urgent call for greater transparency in negotiations
As the 18th round of negotiations on the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) starts on May 26th, consumer organisations are making an urgent call for greater transparency.
The need for a Southern Observatory on transnational investment
The objective of the Observatory is to become a forum for the objective settlement of investment disputes with transnational corporations.
Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems
Where neoliberal policies cannot be imposed domestically, they are imposed internationally, through trade treaties.
Mozilla, EFF, and Creative Commons call for more openness in trade negotiations
Browser maker Mozilla, digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Creative Commons have called for more openness in global trade agreements.
What I didn’t read in the TTIP reading room
Katja Kipping was one of the first German MPs to gain access to the new TTIP reading room opened in Berlin, and she has written up a report of her experience.
TTIP transparency ’farce’ as Germany opens MP reading room
German MPs will be granted restricted access to documents from secret EU-US trade negotiations. Access to the documents will only be possible under supervision.
TPP protesters alarmed by corruption, urge leaders not to sign
Bribery allegations against Japan’s lead TPP negotiator have sparked public concerns that corruption may have influenced the corporate-friendly deal.
Haiti’s fraudulent presidential frontrunner seizes land for his own banana republic
Farmers remain homeless and out of work while the land grabbed by the company Jovenel Moïse founded, Agritrans, now hosts a private banana plantation. Moïse is the only man running in Haiti’s fraudulent runoff presidential elections this Sunday, and is connected to the land grab responsible for the expulsion of as many as 800 peasants.
EU appeals ECJ annulment of EU-Morocco Free Trade deal
The European Union has appealed the judgement from the EU Court of Justice.
New TTIP ‘transparency’ agenda still leaves public in the dark
The Brussels deal, a product of intense public pressure, is wholly undermined by the fact that MEPs will still face draconian secrecy measures.
All MEPs to have access to all confidential TTIP documents
All Members of the European Parliament will have access to all categories of confidential documents relating to the EU’s Transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP) talks with the USA.
TPP is about many things, but free trade? Not so much
Let’s be clear about the just-released, negotiated-in-secret Trans-Pacific Partnership deal: it is definitely not a “free-trade” agreement. It’s much more than that.
TTIP trade talks continue under veil of secrecy in miami - official
A trade official from America’s largest labor union said that chief negotiators of TTIP agreement persisted to show contempt for transparency by failing to provide any meaningful details to the deal’s most critical stakeholders.
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
Court finds against Trade Minister on TPPA Secrecy
Court finds against Trade Minister on TPPA Secrecy; Chief Ombudsman wrongly upheld his unlawful decision