What Does TTIP Mean for Food and Environment?

A main goal of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is the reduction of non-tariff barriers to trade. Among these barriers are differing food safety and environmental standards. Critics argue that harmonizing regulations would lead to the degradation of these standards, while proponents see a chance to set global standards and eliminate unnecessary divergence. 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

TTIP and the Economy, are the Projected Gains Realistic?

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

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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How to Save TTIP

Memo 48: The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has the potential to rejuvenate a historic alliance, but also faces strong opposition fueled by mistrust. In order to raise the level of debate and increase public support for TTIP, the US, the EU and its member states should increase transparency, reform or remove the investor-state dispute settlement mechanism and stress the geostrategic benefits. View

The CIA Torture Report: Et tu, Europe?

The Senate's report has rightly caused outrage around the world. In the United States, the discussion of guilt and its consequences (or lack thereof) is impossible to avoid. Europe should also now look into the mirror and ask itself what portion of guilt it shares. There must be consequences for those who helped orchestrate the crimes against the very principles that Europe's post-WWII order was supposedly built upon. View

US Fed Should Assist Eurozone's Quantitative Easing Program

A deflation in Europe could be contagious throughout global markets and hinder economic growth in the US. Within an ever-increasing globalized economy, the US Federal Reserve should back and support the European Central Bank’s Quantitative Easing program in order to quell Germany’s opposition, improve the ECB’s credibility and provide a stimulus for economic growth. Such an action by the Fed is not new or unconventional by any means. View

No Economic Vision: Ireland's Overreliance on Foreign Investment

The Irish government has recently declared the end of the ‘Double Irish' tax scheme starting in January 2015, even though companies registered in Ireland will be given six years to alter their accounting structures. Firms will still be allowed to pay a lower tax rate on profits made from intellectual property accumulated in Ireland. This shift in government policy came only after overt pressure from the American government and the OECD to reform the state's corporate tax structures. View

Doha, the BRICS, and Debt are the Main Motives for TTIP

Free trade is not the central motive for TTIP; tariffs are already relatively low within the transatlantic community. But neither is deregulation the primary goal, as is feared by some. Instead, to understand the motivating forces behind TTIP, one should examine the negotiations within the context provided by factors such as the stalling of the Doha Round of WTO negotiations, the rise of the BRIC economies, and the need to create growth without increasing public debt. View

ACTA Revisited? TTIP and Data Privacy

Data privacy has become an increasingly important concern in the EU, and the defeat of ACTA showed what can happen to international agreements that arouse public suspicion. Decision makers have shown that they are aware of public concern by being more forthcoming with information and promising not to compromise data privacy in TTIP. But negotiations also present a chance to improve upon some current privacy regulation as well as potentially providing economic benefits. View

Current Promises are not Enough to Calm Concerns

There is widespread concern that TTIP will harm European food safety and environmental regulations. Unfortunately, the debate suffers from a lack of specific information and critics have not been swayed by official assurances. Therefore, negotiators should prioritize chapters relevant to this debate and release specific information as soon as possible. In addition to information about cooperation on current regulations, there is also a need for clarification on how cooperation will look moving forward. View

Twitter Highlights for the Third TTIP Theme Week

Experts from the Center for Food Safety, Notre Europe, German Council of Foreign Relations, and other institutions have joined us to discuss and offer their views about the impact that TTIP's goal of regulatory cooperation could have on food safety and the environment. Here we've collected some of our favorite and most shared tweets from over the course of the week. The discussion doesn't just happen on Twitter though, join us and the experts in the comments! View

Unbiased Safety Through Procedural Safeguards in TTIP

Regulatory divergences between the US and EU present costly non-tariff barriers to trade, and meaningful change to the status quo requires long-term commitment to making structural changes. There are many currently existing legal instruments that can serve as models in order preserve a predictable and evidence-based regulatory science process that is both safe and transparent. View

Trade Agreements Should Allow Countries to Set High Standards

Modern-day trade agreements, such as TTIP, have little to do with the historical role of trade agreements that dealt almost exclusively with quotas and tariffs. Instead, today's trade pacts focus on "non-tariff" trade issues, or trade "barriers". However, what multinational corporations and most trade officials refer to as non-tariff barriers are actually domestic, democratically constructed social, health, environmental, and food safety standards intended to safeguard citizens. View