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Germany United States & TTIP

Anti TTIP ‘Campact’ pressure group under scrutiny over tax advantages

Political pressure is mounting on Campact, the German campaign group known for organising anti TTIP rallies and campaigns, the German newspaper FAZ reports.   The group is behind the October 2015 anti TTIP rally that gathered 200000 demonstrators in Berlin and coordinated a 3 million-signature European petition against TTIP. The …

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Morocco: Council to appeal Court of Justice ruling on trade deal, to request transition measures

The regular EU Morocco Association Council meeting held on 14 December 2015 in Brussels was overshadowed by the Court of Justice of the EU’s annulment a few days before of a 2012 preferential trade agreement on agricultural exports and on fisheries benefitting the North African kingdom.   The Court’s verdict …

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Germany’s centre-left party chief and economics minister Sigmar Gabriel sees party support dented over TTIP, CETA

The annual three-day party convention of the SPD, Chancellor Merkel’s junior coalition partner in government, turned out to be bruising for Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s current Vice Chancellor and economics minister.   Part of the left-wing fraction of the party criticised Gabriel for supporting TTIP and CETA, and for toeing the …

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CJUE annuls commercial deal with Morocco because of it covers Western Saharan products

A Court of Justice of the EU ruling annulled a 2012 agreement between the EU and Morocco offering the latter preferential market access to the EU in agricultural goods and fisheries products on the grounds that it included the Western Saharan territory Morocco has claims on. Morocco’s claims are not …