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Stop TTIP – or wave goodbye to GDPR

Posted by Kevin on December 16, 2015

I’ve had it suggested that my concern over the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a bit extreme (see GDPR passes the finishing post). I don’t believe it is. The section best-known as the Investor/State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) is the primary problem: it removes power from elected governments and puts it in the hands […]

TPP & TTIP are bad enough, but TISA is catastrophic

Posted by Kevin on July 6, 2015

Background The United States dominates the world not because of the strength of its economy but because the US Dollar is the world’s reserve currency, used in almost all major international transactions. This position is primarily maintained by the world’s practice of buying and selling oil in dollars. It means that the US economy doesn’t […]

Who wants TTIP?

Posted by Kevin on April 13, 2015

Considering the breadth of public antagonism towards both the TTIP and CETA trade agreements, it is worth asking who is driving this legislation. It cannot be the governments, because we live in democracies and governments exist for the people and because of the people – and it is pretty self-evident that the people do not […]

TTIP transparency clouded by smoke and mirrors

Posted by Kevin on December 4, 2014

The new European Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström, spoke to the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee. Her speech was published yesterday. Needless to say, she focused on the Trans-satantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Key to this speech was a promise of transparency (or at least a politician’s definition of transparency). In future, all 751 […]

TTIP: will a Franco/German alliance save Britain from Cameron?

Posted by Kevin on November 18, 2014

If you had to select four European countries and sum up their national government policy in single sentences, you would not go far wrong with this: Sweden: to support the US at all costs France: to promote France and French best interests at all costs Germany: to maintain German dominance of Europe UK: to curry […]

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

Posted by Kevin on November 2, 2014

Tracey Brown, managing director of Sense About Science, has this to say about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): Europe’s approach [for example, towards new chemicals] is based on a “precautionary principle”. In a nutshell, that means new products and technologies are guilty until proven innocent. Anti-TTIP campaigners have warned that this principle is […]

CETA + TTIP = North Atlantic Federation

Posted by Kevin on September 25, 2014

CETA, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the EU, has been finalised. It is expected to be formally announced this Friday, 26 September 2014. The President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso will meet the Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper in Ottawa on Friday 26 September. The EU-Canada Summit will […]