16 May 2014

TTIP in the headlines

A round up of TTIP coverage in Europe this week

News update

1) US-EU trade agreement will make higher education ‘more commercial’ -Irish Times, 10/05/14

A planned new trade agreement between the EU and the United States will force higher education here to go further down the route of “privatisation and commercialisation”, a conference of university lecturers has heard. Continue reading>

2) Investor Treaties in Trouble - IPS News, 12/05/14

The tide is turning against investment treaties and free trade agreements that contain the controversial investor-state dispute system, which allows foreign investors to take up cases against host governments and claim compensation of up to billions of dollars. Continue reading>

3) TTIP - Auch Stadt Wien warnt vor Risiken - Tiroler Tageszeitung Online, Austria, 13/05/14

Wien (APA) - Die geplante „Transatlantische Handels- und Investitionspartnerschaft“ (TTIP) zwischen der EU und den USA sorgt auch im Wiener Rathaus für beachtliche Skepsis. Das Abkommen würde „massive Auswirkungen“ auf Leistungen der öffentlichen Hand haben, zeigte sich Vizebürgermeisterin Renate Brauner (SPÖ) im Gespräch mit Journalisten überzeugt. Auch die Art und Weise, wie verhandelt wird, wird kritisiert. Continue reading>

4) „Dieses Mandat lehnen wir ab“ - Frankfurter Rundschau, 13/05/14

Der Grünen-Politiker Sven Giegold spricht im Interview über das geplante Freihandelsabkommen mit den USA und erklärt, welche Bedenken seine Partei gegen TTIP hat. Sven Giegold, 44, war Mitbegründer des globalisierungskritischen Netzwerks Attac, seit 2009 sitzt der Ökonom für die Grünen im Europaparlament. Mit der FR spricht er über die Bedenken seiner Partei gegen das Freihandelsabkommen TTIP und die Kehrtwende der Sozialdemokraten in der Sache. Continue reading> 

5) TTIP: Politicians Must Stop Misleading Voters with 'Fictional' Figures - International Business Times, 14/05/14

The House of Lords urged the government to push forward with the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, the bilateral free trade agreement between the EU and the US. They wheeled out figures which are often cited by supporters of TTIP: namely that the deal could be worth €119bn (£97bn, $163bn) a year to the EU and €95bn a year to the US. Academics, however, have questioned the logic and validity of the statistics used. Continue reading>

6) Polarized Parliament seen thwarting EU’s free trade agenda - Euractiv, 14/05/14

Growing support for far-right parties has dominated the run-up to next week's European Parliament elections. But a lesser-noticed theme is lurking: parties on both the right and left who want to scupper EU free trade talks. Continue reading> 

7) 178 Groups Demand Answers About TTIP’s Climate Impact - EcoWatch, 14/05/14

Will the U.S. and Europe consider the climate and environment during their next round of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations? Nearly 200 civil society organizations hope so, and wrote about their concerns in a letter to trade representatives from the U.S. and Europe. Continue reading> 

8) Hundreds Clash with Police Over US-EU Trade Pact, International Business Times, 15/05/14

VIDEO: Hundreds of protesters clashed with police in Brussels on Thursday (May 15) over the ongoing negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Watch>

9) Hundreds of protesters arrested in Brussels as business leaders debate 'maintaining citizen's trust', Euractiv, 16/05/14

240 people were arrested on Thursday (15 May) around the European Business Summit venue in Brussels during non-violent protests organised by trade unions and citizens’ groups. Continue reading>

10) EU and US aim for 2015 trade deal, exclude financial services - EU Observer, 16/05/14

BRUSSELS - Trade negotiators will look to complete an EU-US trade deal before the end of 2015, senior officials have agreed. But a deal will not include financial services, after the US ambassador all but ruled out discussion of harmonising financial regulation. Continue reading>

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