TTIP for Beginners

What is TTIP? The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, first proposed in 2013, is meant to open market access for businesses across the Atlantic, enhance regulatory cooperation and set international standards. TTIP was introduced as being a progressive partnership, but many skeptics on both sides of the Atlantic see it as a race to the bottom.

The Emergence of a New Reality: NATO and Ukraine

While Ukrainians used to be heavily pro-Russian, the situation has transformed over the last few years. Now, the West must decide how best to respond to Ukraine's NATO bid. Discover the pros and cons of various scenarios from the past and current situation, as well as looking forward in an essay written for the Atlantic Community by one of our members, Ira Louis Straus. View

TTIP Review

Check out our latest project, TTIP Review, which serves as a clearinghouse for some of the most important analyses on the prospective trade and investment partnership.

Similar to our former TTIP projects, this review is meant to provide all interested citizens with diverse information about the benefits, challenges, myths and facts surrounding the proposed partnership. View

The Russian Social Contract: An Emblem of Illegitimacy

Regimes typically legitimize themselves either through provision of transparent institutions that protect civil liberties or through rising living standards. A closer look at the socio-economic indicators in Russia shows that Putin's regime fails on both of these fronts, and therefore the "Russian Social Contract" with which he came to power in 1999 should be discarded. View


Western European Humanity or Eastern European Egoism

Mankind has an immense capability to create but it equally possesses a great capability to destroy. As Europe deals with its latest crisis of a massive influx of migrants, intuition strikes one's mind that the EU is going to face a number of challenges which might destroy the Union we once knew and believed in. The migrant crisis reveals deep divisions in policies and political cultures within the EU. View

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Russian Plane Downed in Turkey: What Should NATO Do?

As Turkey shoots down a Russian plane, NATO is indirectly involved as Turkey is an Alliance member. What could/should be role of NATO (if any) in the current situation when we should probably firstly find a way to deescalate the situation? Read a few comments from US experts weighing in on the issue. View

Big Claims, Little Support: Finding Flaws in Capaldo's Doomsday Predictions for TTIP

Several economic studies conclude with positive predictions for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, with the growth benefits depending on the level of integration. One study, however, assumes that TTIP will lead to a contraction of GDP, job losses for 600.000 EU citizens, a loss of labor income and government revenue as well as an “increase in financial instability and a continuing downward trend in the labor share of GDP”. View

How TTIP Could Become a Game-Changer for SMEs

Lena Muxfeldt and Matthias Goetz respond to our recent article about SMEs. "With the outcome of the negotiations still open, we argue that TTIP still has the potential to become a "real deal" for SMEs. However, TTIP benefits for SMEs will not happen without innovative solutions for rules of origin, real progress on custom facilitations and new communications channels between negotiators and the SME community." View

Striking Down the Safe Harbor Agreement

With a cornerstone decision for the future of data transfers and the world's digital economy, the Court of Justice of the European Union, following the proposal of the Opinion of its Advocate General, has declared null and void the Safe Harbor Agreement, the regulatory scheme that governed (digital) data transfers between Europe and the US for the past 15 years. Although this decision may not have been made for the most crucial reasons, nonetheless it is a step in the right direction. View

The Transatlantic Internet: A New Geo-Economic Frontline

For almost a generation, the US-EU Safe Harbor agreement has been the transatlantic digital passport that allowed 4,400 US tech companies to provide services to Europe’s 500 million consumers. But an Oct. 6 decision by the European Court of Justice smashed that little-known, but extremely important fifteen-year-old agreement and opened up questions about the future of the thriving transatlantic digital corridor that allowed trillions of dollars of interactions. View

TTIP, Farming and Food

There is a very real risk that TTIP will only benefit big agriculture and thus will be detrimental to the viability of smaller farms. One of the conclusions from a recent European Policy Conference was that agriculture should be excluded from TTIP. There are many proponents of this view on both sides of the Atlantic with strong arguments about the negative effects of TTIP, saying that the agreement will trade away good food and good farming. View

Transatlantic Energy Plan Crucial For Tackling Climate Change

The European Union and United States have an opportunity to formulate a cohesive climate policy at the UN Climate Summit that could vastly reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. Presently, the Obama Administration and the European Commission contain both the political will and resources to implement a shift towards renewable energy technologies. This could yield a systematic divestment from fossil fuels, particularly crude oil, but this may not be enough. View

A Modest TTIP Deal Not an Option for the US

A modest TTIP deal does not seem to be a plausible option for the US. Firstly, it will provide limited value added for the US, while the prospects of upgrading it to a more ambitious agreement once it has been passed look infeasible. Furthermore, a modest deal will set a wrong precedent and will signal potential US RTA partners that it will compromise on issues it has been pushing for ever since the NAFTA negotiations. This would contradict the trade policy the US has been pursuing for the last quarter century. View

EU-US Safe Harbor Invalidated: What Now?

Kurt Hunt and Adam Vernick, associates at the American law firm Dinsmore, have written about the implications of the recent invalidation of the EU-US Safe Harbor Framework following a decision from the CJEU. "As a result, companies that transfer the personal data of European Union residents into the United States now face significant uncertainty about the legality of their data transfer practices." View

TTIP Bibliography

We are presenting thoughtful analyses from think tank, government and media outlets representing both positive and negative opinions on the following topics: Economic Projections, Official Statements, Geo-Strategic arguments about TTIP, the controversy over ISDS, Democracy and Transparency, Standards and Regulatory Cooperation and conflicting opinions about the effects of TTIP on SMEs. Have a look at our updated recommendations for informative articles about TTIP. View