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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The Long-term Advantages in the US Pivot to Asia

China's fiscal overhaul towards a consumerism-based economy presents the US with an opportunity to boost economic growth through an export-led market directed towards Chinese domestic consumerism. However, mutual distrust currently hinders a cooperative economic policy, which would concurrently benefit both countries. In order to establish a stable economic relationship with China, the US must initiate a liberal and transparent network of economic policies directed towards improving US-Sino relations. View

Call for Articles: EU Regulation on Cloud Computing and Transatlantic Data Protection Norms

What are the risks and benefits of cloud computing across national borders? How should EU regulators manage these rapid changes in technology? The surge in cloud computing in recent years to manage Big Data has also meant a greater need to revisit existing data protection regulation. How the EU approaches this subject will be critical for the coming years, and steps taken now can serve as guideposts for larger regulatory philosophy for both the US and the EU in the future. View

Divided They Stood

The “Umbrella Revolution” in Hong Kong became popular through media-winsome pictures of civil disobedience against both the Hong Kong government and China’s perceived supremacy. Protests in 2014 have exposed the city’s split in terms of future of business and governance. It may appear as Tiananmen revisited—it was rather a conflict about Hong Kong’s identity and “Occupy Central’s” credibility. View

Saving TTIP by Learning from NAFTA

The editorial team at atlantic-community.org recently published advice (Memo 48) gleaned from debates among the site’s participants on how political leaders could “save” the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks from failure. Each suggestion is a concession to critics that may raise public support for an eventual agreement. I am not so sure this works. I suggest an alternative approach. View

What the Media Gets Wrong About Israel

Matti Friedman, reflecting on his years reporting from the Jerusalem bureau of the Associated Press, discusses the increasingly subjective role reporters play in the Israel-Palestinian conflict, moving from observers to more active players in the region. Friedman also highlights his reasons why international NGOs and humanitarian groups are conspicuously absent from the debate. View

Je Suis Charlie, Je Suis Ahmed

Soon after yesterday's terrorist attacks at the office of the satirical magazine "Charlie Hebdo", millions of social media users expressed solidarity by declaring "Je suis Charlie". Some added "Je suis Ahmed" in honor of one of the murdered policemen, a French Muslim. What else should be done? How do you think this will play out in policy discussions? View

Afghanistan's Best Asset: Its Youthful Optimism

Afghanistan of 2001 is not comparable with the Afghanistan of 2015. With 352,000 strong Afghan National Security Forces, backed by the US and NATO, an increasingly vibrant civil society sector, and a large youth population, Afghans are hopeful that their country will never return to the dark era. For this to remain effective, Afghanistan and its partners must continue to broaden those achievements over the next decade, ushering in a new era of transformation. View

NATO Does Not Want Ukraine to Apply for Membership

Now that Ukraine has voted to drop its non-aligned status, we are hearing an official story from Russia that "NATO has pushed Ukraine to do this." Endlessly repeated, it is exactly opposite to the truth. Russia's agression has changed popular opinion in Ukraine. Until recently every poll indicated that a plurality of Ukrainians was opposed to joining NATO -- the only qualification that Ukraine was lacking. NATO, however, still does not want Ukraine to apply. View

Germany: The Economic Perils of More Arms Exports

The consensus in Germany is wrong. Arms exports do not ensure employment and preserve technological capabilities. Fact is that in today's buyers market such exports lead to technology transfer, create tomorrow's competition and destroy the arms industry's own basis. Instead of promoting arms export, the EU governments should consolidate the European arms industry to reduce excess supply and increase joint military procurement and resource-pooling. View

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