Join the Debate! We Are Seeking Your Analysis on TTIP

Atlantic Community is hosting three theme weeks in order to promote debate on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The first is already underway, but we are still accepting submissions for the second and third. We invite you to help us create discussion by submitting articles about the potential large-scale economic affects of TTIP or about the effects on individuals. View

TTIP Criticisms: Based on Myths or Reality?

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is the most ambitious project of transatlantic cooperation today. While proponents highlight the benefits, certain features are increasingly under public scrutiny, threatening the finalization of the deal. With the seventh round of negotiations starting today, Atlantic Community brings both sides together to host a critical debate on the merits of their respective claims. View

The Myth that NATO Committed to Having No Permanent Troops in Eastern Europe

It is widely believed that NATO cannot station forces permanently in Eastern Europe without violating a pledge it gave to Russia in 1997, in the NATO-Russia Founding Act. The belief is accepted even in articles that favor stationing troops in Eastern Europe. Yet, as we shall see, a simple cursory examination of the 1997 document reveals that it is not the case. View

What is Security Worth to us Today?

The Atlantic Initiative held a public event in Berlin in cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation to discuss Germany's defense budget and security alliances. Panelists debated Germany's responsibilities in regional and global security along with Germany's defense attitude regarding the situation in Libya and whether development assistance is a better use of Germany's funds than increased defense spending. View

Op-eds from the German Delegation to the Y20 Summit

This week, we will publish four op-eds written by members of the German Delegation to the Y20 summit, the official G20 youth event. The summit is organized by a collective of twenty national youth organizations, and focused on three key themes: growth and jobs creation, global citizenship and sustainable development. View

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TTIP: Exaggerated Benefits and Shaky Estimations

Arguments for TTIP that are founded on the available economic projections should be viewed with skepticism for two reasons. First, popularized reproductions of technical research papers are very generous in terms of highlighting the expected benefits. Second, the bulk of benefits are rooted in the expectation that non-tariff barriers to trade will be reduced. These barriers are sometimes not removable and often have costs that are difficult to quantify. View

It's About Investments, Not Just Trade

TTIP is more than a simple free trade agreement, it is a geopolitical alignment that promotes smart economics and strengthens the democratic values. Ratifying TTIP would create two million extra jobs in the US and EU, and result in more choices, higher quality and lower prices for consumers. The timing is perfect to ensure success in the TTIP negotiation, and it would enable both sides of the Atlantic to crystallize their common ideals and interests in the global economy. View

TTIP: Reward Worth the Risk?

Social regulation reflects more than consumer choice, it constitutes the foundation on which functioning markets rely. Altering nations’ particular frameworks of health and safety regulations to create an impetus for economic growth is not only risky, but also an undertaking whose effects are highly dubious. Negotiators need to agree on when governments can legitimately respond to citizens’ concerns, even if it limits TTIP’s potential economic benefit. View

Regulatory Cooperation will Provide a Geopolitical Advantage

The US and EU account for roughly half of the world’s GDP, some thirty-percent of global exports, and each economy has more than a trillion dollars of investment in the other. There are three compelling reasons for the TTIP to succeed: improved market access including regulatory cooperation, developing new trade and investment rules for a new century, and forging a renewed Transatlantic Community in response to recent geopolitical developments. View

TTIP and the Economy, are the Projected Gains Realistic?

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has been touted by proponents as a way to boost dragging economies in the transatlantic area. Some projections even say that there will be positive spillover effects for countries globally. Detractors, however, claim that projections are being exaggerated, are based on faulty assumptions, and that the potential drawbacks are being overlooked. View

Finding a Better Starting Point for the ISDS Debate

Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) is a highly debated aspect of TTIP, both in our theme week and in a broader context. Observation of the discussion reveals that it could be made more productive if both sides would frame their arguments in terms of the full situation, rather than painting an incomplete picture that supports their cause. It can also be seen that there is wide agreement that ISDS is problematic, the disagreement is about whether it can be or is worth fixing. View

Creating Trust through Transparency

TTIP may have potential to stimulate trade and growth, but it also necessitates attention and revision on issues such as the lack of information that has been publically released during the negotiation process, the potential shift of power from governments to businesses, and its disregard of consumer concerns thus far. Negotiators must address these concerns for proceedings to be constructive and effective in creating a final product that satisfies businesses, governments, and citizens. View

Event Report: TTIP on the Defensive

Opponents of any agreement now control the agenda. This has become quickly apparent at an event in Berlin last week featuring leading stakeholders of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Outgoing Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht and MEP for the Greens Rebecca Harms, among others, discussed how we reached this level of deep-rooted public skepticism, and where to go from here. View

Why Germany Shouldn't Go it Alone on Missile Defense

Later this year Germany has to choose between acquisition of the Patriot system, which is used by many other NATO countries, or the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS), which will be under development at least until 2018 and has been abandoned by other NATO members. This choice will have important geopolitical repercussions: choosing Patriot will bolster the Western alliance, while choosing MEADS will fuel the Kremlin's expansion drive. View

Assessing the Islamic State WMD threat

Available information demonstrates that the Islamic State is seeking materials necessary for the production of weapons of mass destruction. In order to better assess the threat presented by such a search, it must be analyzed in terms not only of whether such materials have been successfully acquired, but also in terms of intention, financial capability, available expertise, and historical record. Taking these factors together, NATO countries should address this threat quickly. View