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Head of German Catholic Church says TTIP can contribute to fairer world economic order

He is Catholic, he is German, and his family name is Marx. You’d think he is against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership currently under negotiation between the EU and the United States. But in fact he approves of TTIP.   Cardinal Reinhard Marx, president of the German Bishop’s Conference, and also …

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

Why Germany won’t likely reject CETA
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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 …

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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.   …

Study: Germans’ negative attitudes to TTIP related to EU-scepticism, not trade scepticism
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Study: Germans’ negative attitudes to TTIP related to EU-scepticism, not trade scepticism

The scale of the German population’s negative views of TTIP has surprised many. A recent survey by the Cologne-based economic think tank Institut der Deutschen Wirtschaft has explored the following puzzle: Germans are as a general rules pro-free trade, but are sceptical of TTIP. How come? IW Köln’s economist Galina …

CETA: Commission caves in to member state political pressure, declares deal is ‘mixed’
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CETA: Commission caves in to member state political pressure, declares deal is ‘mixed’

The Commission’s intentions to declare CETA an EU-only agreement, loudly announced last week by President Jean-Claude Juncker, have backfired. Amidst a pushback from powerful member states, including France and Germany, the Commission has decided to declare CETA “mixed” and prioritised its coming into force provisionally as early as possible.   …