EU trade politics

Opinion: France could yet turn out to be the expected hotbed of opposition to TTIP
EU trade politics United States & TTIP

Opinion: France could yet turn out to be the expected hotbed of opposition to TTIP

France’s attitude so far towards the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership has puzzled observers. Despite the country’s well-known and entrenched scepticism of free trade and globalisation, it is not France, but the big trading nation Germany, that has become the focal point of opposition to TTIP in Europe. But while Paris has been cautious on …

A few take-aways from MEP amendments to planned TTIP resolution
EU trade politics

A few take-aways from MEP amendments to planned TTIP resolution

The close to 900 amendments added by MEPs to a planned EU Parliament resolution on TTIP to be voted on before the summer is partly the result of a strong mobilisation of the legislature’s populist parties. It reflects the divisiveness of many files in the ongoing transatlantic trade and investment negotiations. Overall, a European Parliament position on some …

COMMENT: What an ECJ opinion on EU accession to Europe’s foremost human rights convention means for ISDS
EU trade politics Investment

COMMENT: What an ECJ opinion on EU accession to Europe’s foremost human rights convention means for ISDS

Opinion  2/13 anyone? This is a recent legal opinion of the Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice on whether it is legal for the EU to join the European Convention on Human Rights. It has important ramifications for current EU Commission efforts to reform investor-to-state dispute settlement. By Iana Dreyer.    

EU trade politics

In Brief: MEPs say steel, chemicals need longer tariff protection in TTIP

The European parliament’s industry committee issued its recommendations to be included in a report on TTIP scheduled to be adopted in a plenary session early May this year. The recommendations, drafted by  Polish MEP Jerzy Buzek, largely endorses TTIP and focuses on issues like US public procurement, small-and-medium sized enterprises, and liberalisation of energy trade.