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TTIP, TISA Explained |The Truth About the TPP

'Free Trade' and the death of democracy

"Free trade". The term itself is a trap - a brilliant framing device that neatly neutralises opposition. If you take a stand against free trade you appear to be taking a stand against freedom itself, which is clearly not a tenable position. In fact, in recent decades the term "free trade" has …

TTIP: The mother of all trade deals? | Europe

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a trade agreement to be negotiated between the European Union and the United States, forming what would be, in effect, the world's biggest trading bloc.<p>It could create millions of new jobs and increase trade by billions of dollars - a …

Guardian Live: What is TTIP and how does it affect us?

This week, Guardian Membership held a debate among an expert panel and a room full of Guardian Members eager to pick apart the TTIP trade agreement between the EU and the US. So, was there any agreement?<p>London’s Conway Hall was the venue for a Guardian Membership event held this week to debate the …

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EU dropped pesticide laws due to US pressure over TTIP, documents reveal

US trade officials pushed EU to shelve action on endocrine-disrupting chemicals linked to cancer and male infertility to facilitate TTIP free trade deal

Do you have concerns about TTIP?

Contribute with Guardian Witness<p>TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is a series of trade negotiations being carried out between the EU and US. The bilateral trade agreement deals with reducing regulatory barriers to big business trade: food safety law, environmental …

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Bilderberg 2015: TTIP and a travesty of transparency

A summit where senior policymakers are locked away for three days with incredibly powerful corporate lobbyists, and senior figures at Transparency International<p>Weaving down the alp came the Bilderbus, taking delegates on a whistlestop tour of the Tyrol. Buzzing along above it, at a crazy height, …

What is TTIP and why should we be angry about it?

Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images<p>Ignacio Garcia Bercero (left), the EU chief negotiator for TTIP, and his US counterpart Dan …

TTIP: what does the transatlantic trade deal mean for renewable energy?

Photograph: Ken Jack/Demotix/Corbis<p>Loosening restrictions on renewable technologies can help reduce the cost of wind energy by eliminating duties.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/8/4/1438688989189/bf00841c-3e24-49f0-9494-4eeceae9f068-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Ken …

TTIP May Be Waterloo For U.S. Farmers

American farmers are used to getting their way where global trade is concerned. They’re used to seeing government trade negotiators bend over backwards to make sure they have unfettered access to foreign markets.<p>But now their winning streak may be approaching its end.<p>The United States is …

TTIP: the key to freer trade, or corporate greed?

Some say the US/EU trade deal that could be agreed this year will open up markets and promote UK growth. Others fear it will drive down wages and promote privatisation<p>Cheap American olive oil could, in a few years’ time, be sitting on supermarket shelves next to the Tuscan single estate varieties …

Anger as government blocks TTIP legal documents relating to health service

Business secretary refuses to disclose advice that could show how private health firms might sue government under US-Europe trade deal<p>The controversial trade deal between Europe and the US has come under further fire after campaigners accused the government of blocking access to legal advice that …

‘Corporate power grab:’ Govt’s refusal to release TTIP documents sparks outrage

The government’s refusal to publish sensitive information that could reveal the negative impact TTIP might have on Britain’s health service has been condemned by campaigners, who warn the EU-US trade deal is undemocratic.<p>While proponents of TTIP say the trade agreement will modernize trade tariffs …

A Push for TTIP

Sweden has a long tradition of promoting free and open trade. Our prosperity as a nation has extensively been built upon our trade with the rest of the world.<p>The international dimension of the Swedish economy is significant and the success of our companies, at home or in international markets, …

TTIP Reading Room: A small step toward transparency

TTIP negotiations have been running since 2013, yet German parliamentarians have only recently been allowed to read the documents. Now, documents …

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The TPP State of Play: How We Defeat the Largest Trade Deal in History

The official release of the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on November 5 not only confirmed our fears about how it would threaten our …

Russia's Putin questions U.S.-led TPP trade pact arrangements | Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin criticised on Tuesday the way the U.S.-backed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is being arranged, saying the “clandestine talks” do not promote stability in Asia Pacific.<p>Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) arrives to participate in a working …

Drug prices expected to rise as result of TPP deal

The intellectual-property provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement will drive up global drug prices and make it harder to treat diseases in developing countries, <i>Médecins sans Frontières</i> (Doctors Without Borders) says.<p>A month after the final text of the TPP was released, the medical …

Canadian, Mexican auto parts makers warn of fallout from TPP trade pact

Canadian and Mexican auto parts makers that collectively employ nearly one million workers are warning of dire consequences for manufacturing jobs if the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact is concluded without better terms for their sector.<p>They're worried about a concession sought by Tokyo in …

House Passes Trade Component, but Trans-Pacific Partnership Still in Doubt

Vote on 12-nation agreement could be delayed until last weeks of Obama’s term<p>The House passed a key component of President Barack Obama’s trade policy Friday, but tepid support among Republicans and business groups for his big Pacific trade agreement could keep that deal from coming to a vote until …

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Almost 200 applications filed for Vancouver’s pot dispensary licence

The city of Vancouver has received nearly 200 applications from illegal medical marijuana dispensaries seeking business licences, setting off a process that is expected to dramatically reduce the number of such operations while making Vancouver the first jurisdiction in Canada to regulate …

Burn the TPP

Middle America is smoldering. For too long, average citizens worked harder and produced more, yet corporations cut pay and benefits, off-shored community-sustaining factories, killed family-supporting jobs and crushed opportunity.<p>GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump stokes that fire by urging …

'Profits over public health': Secret TPP Healthcare Annex published by WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks published more secret documents from the controversial TPP agreement on Wednesday. The leaked drafts concerning healthcare in the US have …

Leaked TPP document shows US favoring Big Pharma

US negotiators in Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks fought on behalf of big drug-making companies, championing intellectual property laws that …

Japan more than quadruples TPP economic boost estimate: Nikkei | Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s government has estimated the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will boost the economy by 14 trillion yen ($115.5 billion) or about 3 percentage points, over four times more than its initial calculation, the Nikkei business daily said on Tuesday.<p>In March 2013, the Cabinet …

TPP's Forgotten Danger: Stronger Trade Secrets Protection, With Criminal Penalties For Infringement

Since the release of the TPP text back in November, commentators have naturally tended to concentrate on the bigger, more obvious problems -- things …

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The Trouble with the TPP, Day 1: U.S. Blocks Balancing Objectives

The debate over the merits of the Trans Pacific Partnership is likely to play out in Canada and other TPP countries throughout 2016. While it seems …

How to Tell TPP Is a Bad Deal

How do you tell if the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a good deal or a bad one?<p>Consider the recent climate summit agreement in Paris. Nearly 200 countries negotiated the deal, more or less in public for the world to see.<p>All signatory countries wanted a sustainable planet where their …

The TPP's Uneven Attempt at Labor Protection

The agreement puts pressure on some countries, such as Vietnam and Malaysia, to improve worker’s rights. But it leaves out Mexico, a major U.S. trade partner.<p>When the Obama administrationfinally reached an agreement with 11 other countries on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the president listed …

TPP could reverse slide in global trade, World Bank says

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The sweeping Pacific trade agreement struck by the U.S. and 11 other Pacific nations should be ratified especially given …

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