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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 …

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.   …

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Berlin consternation in face of CETA national parliament bypass push

EU Commission President Juncker weighed in: the Commission sees CETA, the trade deal with Canada, as falling under “exclusive” EU competence and thus not requiring ratification by national parliaments. This is causing consternation in Berlin, though there are differences in point of view between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU party and …

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Member states open to reforming ‘lesser duty’ rule in antidumping – Gold to be in list of ‘conflict minerals’ regulation

Today’s long-awaited Foreign Affairs Council meeting resulted in signs of compromise of member states on a planned so-called ‘conflict minerals’ regulation and on reforming trade defence instruments.   Key take-aways from the meeting:   ·         CETA   A text will be submitted to the Council for ratification in June. The …

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CETA: Canada Trade Minister Freeland starts promotion tour in Germany – Sigmar Gabriel says it’s an “excellent benchmark for TTIP” – political crisis around visas

Berlin has been the first stop of Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s current trade minister on a roadshow trip in Europe to bring forward the ratification process of the Canada-EU CETA trade agreement. The minister will be Brussels next week, including to meet the EU Parliament. Canada wants to see the deal …