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What is being forgotten in the CETA debate

The Walloon/Belgian CETA debate is concentrating on one aspect which is of lesser importance in the German-speaking world. CETA is a new type of agreement and the prototype for as many future agreements of this type as possible with as many countries as possible. It is not merely a trade agreement but it is prefaced…

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CETA/TTIP: the timetable

Brief summary of the progress of the TTIP negotiations and the CETA ratification: With negotiations having long since reached a conclusion, CETA had been on ice for some time. Now negotiations have recently been reopened, including at the request of Austria (Faymann). The protection of investment still remains problematic but more transparency has been brought…

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Pro-TTIP arguments shattered

After three years of intensive work on the TTIP, over 100 presentations and countless discussions with lobbyists and proponents of economic liberalism, there comes a point, does there not, when you are just bored of hearing absolutely platitudinous arguments? Nevertheless, I still have to keep responding to them… here are my favourites: Free trade is…

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What glyphosate has to do with the Bayer-Monsanto deal

The authorisation for the herbicide glyphosate expires on the first of July. And this deadline is now making the industry and its lobby groups rather nervous because it appears unlikely today that an extension will be granted in the face of opposition in the Member States and public protest. Until now Germany has been the…

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EuropeGreens

Europe is not enough

Group meeting in Brussels all week – we are taking some time out after Easter for in-depth discussions. The terrorist attacks, the refugee policy, #PanamaLeaks, TTIP and CETA, the permanent veto in the Council… we have plenty of reasons to take a retreat. We Greens have a special position in the spectrum of European political…

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TTIP and TiSA – Married… with Children

Berlin, October 2015: 150,000 people are taking to the streets to demonstrate against the TTIP – there is no more persuasive proof of the fact that the free trade agreement has filtered through to the public at large. It is different with the TiSA, the Trade in Services Agreement – again all the alarm bells…

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OXI: no to the neoliberal way

It's a whole new ball game in Greece following the referendum, with Syriza and its anti-austerity policies firmly in the saddle and the polls suggesting they will win an absolute majority if there is a re-election. The negotiators in the Schäuble, Juncker and Dijsselbloem camp had been assuming that Tsipras and Varoufakis would eventually yield…

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The end of net neutrality in Europe

In the spring of 2014 the EP adopted an excellent resolution, calling for an end to roaming charges in the EU, for net neutrality to be guaranteed by law, and for Europe-wide standardisation of the management of the radio frequency spectrum. The end of roaming and just before the summer holidays – it was a…

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