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The NSA Spying Scandal and EU-US Trade Talks

The NSA Spying Scandal and EU-US Trade Talks

With negotiations on the TTIP set to begin in Washington in one week (July 8th), this is a particularly unfortunate time for the United States to be embroiled in a major spying scandal. And while it was bad enough that the NSA was found to have been spying on US citizens, revelations that European countries […]

France to Oppose EU-US Trade Pact if the ‘Cultural Exception’ is not Honoured

France to Oppose EU-US Trade Pact if the ‘Cultural Exception’ is not Honoured

France, the EU’s second largest economy, has threatened to veto any trade agreement with the United States which does not honour the so-called ‘cultural exception’. The cultural exception is a concept which was originally introduced by France in 1993 during negotiations on the General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs (GATT). It  seeks to protect culture […]

Turkey and the TTIP

Turkey and the TTIP

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, a free trade deal between the EU common market and the US, is expected to be concluded by next year. The staggering proportions of the deal (US-EU trade accounts for one third of the world total) ensure that it will have a decisive impact on global commerce. Yet some […]

The Transatlantic Trade Partnership and US Agricultural Policy

The Transatlantic Trade Partnership and US Agricultural Policy

The proposed trade agreement being discussed this week by President Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron is of staggering proportions and covers virtually every industrial sector. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (or TTIP) is estimated to be worth $97 billion for the U.S. while the European Commission claims that it will raise the EU’s […]