Negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are forging ahead, despite opposition from a number of countries. And the American elections are almost certain to compromise the deal. EurActiv France reports.
The European Commission and member states agreed on Friday (23 September) that it is “unlikely” to conclude the negotiations over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the US before the end of Barack Obama’s presidency.
In his State of the Union speech, Jean-Claude Juncker called the Canada-EU trade agreement the most progressive trade agreement the EU has ever negotiated. It actually poses a genuine threat to the health sector, argues Emma Woodford.
At an event in Berlin ahead of meeting British Prime Minister Theresa May, European Parliament President Martin Schulz was careful not to reveal too much about his future career plans. EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Austria and France will today (23 September) propose ending the current round of trade talks between the United States and the European Union, and starting fresh talks under a new name, Austrian Economy Minister Reinhold Mitterlehner said.
Thousands of protesters marched through Brussels on Tuesday (20 September) to demand the European Union abandon planned transatlantic free trade deals they say will worsen labour conditions and allow big business to challenge governments.
France has called for the EU to rethink its approach to trade negotiations, while pushing ahead with CETA, the free trade deal with Canada. But free trade is an increasingly thorny subject with European citizens. EurActiv France reports.
Members of Austria’s Social Democratic Party (SPÖ) have overwhelmingly shown their opposition to the EU’s trade deal with Canada, known as CETA. But party leader and Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern seems to be fighting a losing battle against it. EurActiv Germany reports.
Germany appeared set yesterday (19 September) to back an ambitious trade accord between the European Union and Canada after the leader of the Social Democrats (SPD), junior partner in the ruling coalition, overcame left-wing resistance to the deal within his party.
Ministers from 12 EU countries have written to the bloc's trade chief to back a planned trade accord with the United States, declaring clear support for negotiations that have divided opinion on both sides of the Atlantic.
Whether an EU-US trade deal is concluded this year, next year, or 2020, is irrelevant in the larger scheme of things. As the world’s centre of gravity inexorably moves towards Asia, Europe has an appointment with history, writes René van Sloten.
The European Parliament has indefinitely postponed a vote on an initiative that was meant to bring clarity to MEPs' side activities and rein in lobbyists. But no one wants to shoulder the blame. EurActiv Germany reports.
The EU’s preference for the “precautionary principle” over science-based decision-making is a barrier to transatlantic trade in the meat industry. TTIP and regulatory convergence would benefit both EU and US farmers, argues Barry Carpenter.
France's European Commissioner believes the EU should continue its trade negotiations with the United States and stand up for its demands, rather than follow the French government's example and give up on the project. EurActiv France reports.
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel over the weekend became the latest European politician to voice doubts over the possibility of the EU agreeing a major new trade deal with the United States, saying in a newspaper interview that negotiations might have to be abandoned for now.
The informal Bratislava summit of the 27 heads of state and government of the post-Brexit EU will focus mostly on the internal and external security, a high-level diplomat told Brussels journalist today (2 September).
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls yesterday (1 September) demanded a "clear halt" to negotiations towards an ambitious US-EU trade agreement as Germany's leader stressed her continued support for the contentious pact.