Category: Trade Agreements

Katja Kipping: What I didn’t read in the TTIP reading room

Anyone who was going into these negotiations to enhance environmental protection, consumer protection and labour standards would have nothing to fear from transparency

George Monbiot: I’m starting to hate the EU. But I will vote to stay in

All that is good about the European Union is being torn down, and all that is bad enhanced and amplified

Pete Dolack: Fanaticism and Fantasy Drive Purported TPP ‘Benefits’

So-called “free trade” agreements are continually advertised as creators of jobs, yet jobs are lost and wages decline once they go into effect. As representatives of the 12 countries participating in the Trans-Pacific Partnership gather this week in New Zealand to begin their final push for it, the usual unsubstantiated claims are being put forth. Read more…

Lori Wallach: Signing of TPP Marks Only Beginning of the Fight

The Trans-Pacific Partnership encompasses 12 Pacific Rim nations, including the United States, and 40 percent of the world’s economy

Yanis Varoufakis: How The Greek People’s Magnificent “No” Against Austerity Became “Yes”

This program that was agreed to in August was designed to fail

Yanis Varoufakis: On Greece, Syriza, Podemos and the Democracy in Europe Movement

Is any European democrat happy with the situation in which all important decisions are taken in complete darkness and secrecy?

Roberto Savio: The Lesson from Davos: No Connection to Reality

This is a powerful example of the disconnection between the concern of citizens and their elite

Jérôme Roos: Greece’s Refugee Ring-Fence Will Be Europe’s Noose

Far from stemming the flow of refugees, ring-fencing Greece and excluding it from the Schengen area will spell the end of the EU as we know it

Paul Street: Hate of the Union: the TPP is an Offense to the People

When Feelings Reflect Reality Introduced in George Orwell’s dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty Four, the word “doublethink” refers to the ability to hold two contradictory ideas in your mind at the same time and to believe both of them. I don’t know about the belief part (see note 2, below), but Barack Obama’s seventh and thankfully Read more…

Tom Vouloumanos: One Year After Syriza Won

Greece and the eurozone: what’s left?

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