Author: Iana Dreyer

Germany: how minority groups have come to dominate the public debate on TTIP
Germany Internal EU politics United States & TTIP

Germany: how minority groups have come to dominate the public debate on TTIP

Origin of the graph: Matthias Bauer, ECIPE.   Has Germany’s public debate on TTIP been hijacked by two minority political parties? At least some evidence is now emerging that the discussion on the transatlantic treaty has been distorted by a highly active network of ‘civil society’ groups gravitating around the …

Australia & New Zealand Brexit & UK trade UK WTO & 3rd countries

In brief: UK Australia FTA working group

Australians do master the art of trade diplomacy.   The government of Australia has clearly embraced post-Brexit UK and promised London there would be a bilateral free trade agreement between Australia and Britain. London is jubilating: yes we have friends! From Australia, no brashness like New Zealand PM John Key’s statement that the United …

Why Germany won’t likely reject CETA
CETA Germany

Why Germany won’t likely reject CETA

CETA currently stands good chances of adoption in the expected forthcoming national ratification process in Germany.   Germany’s political parties are preparing to grapple with the ratification of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement – CETA – with Canada. The junior coalition governing party SPD is bracing for a showdown on CETA as its leadership …

CETA ISDS ICS

In brief: Client Earth criticises European Parliament legal opinion on investment court in CETA

The freshly released European Parliament legal service’s opinion on the EU’s investor court system put forward in its Canadian trade agreement CETA was bound to displease investment arbitration and investment treaty critics: it indeed declared the system compatible with EU law.   The environmental NGO Client Earth, an activist critic of international investment protection treaties, released a legal opinion …

What the European Parliament legal service says about CETA’s investment chapter
CETA ISDS ICS

What the European Parliament legal service says about CETA’s investment chapter

A report by the European Parliament’s legal service released early September considers that the controversial chapter on investment protection in the Canada EU CETA trade agreement is compatible with EU law.   The question of legality of international arbitration tribunals and international courts has become a touchy topic with the controversy over …

France United States & TTIP

In brief: TTIP – Juncker pledges negotiation continuation – France tones down calls for suspension

EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said the Commission intended to continue negotiating the transatlantic trade agreement TTIP despite calls from some EU member states to halt the talks.  Washington and some capitals in the EU hope to finalise the three year old talks by the end of the year.   …