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It’s time to make the progressive case for staying in the EU

Britain’s exit from the EU wouldn’t liberate us from neoliberalism. Only joint struggles across borders can do that. Comment by Caroline Lucas I can understand why some people on the left are sceptical about the EU. Anyone who cares about environmental and social justice only has to take a cursory glance at what’s happening in… Continue reading »

Concerned about the UK’s sovereignty? Then oppose TTIP

International investment courts would deprive member states of their powers to interpret and apply EU law A group of German judges have just dealt a serious blow to the European Commission’s desperate TTIP ‘compromise’. They’ve issued a damning indictment on the proposal for an ‘international investment court’, which the EU Commission hoped would get them… Continue reading »

Anger as government blocks TTIP legal documents relating to health service

The controversial trade deal between Europe and the US has come under further fire after campaigners accused the government of blocking access to legal advice that shows its impact on the health service. Campaigners warned on Tuesday that the legal documents could reveal the extent to which private health companies can sue the government using a… Continue reading »

The Deeper, Uglier Side of TPP

  “If you have friends or colleagues who would might be new to the topic of how dangerous the investor state dispute settlement process is for not just regulation but national sovereignity, this Real News Network show provides a fine introduction. Even though this short but crisp segment will be largely old hat to regular… Continue reading »

Brussels gags and threatens MEPs

MEPs wishing to read the recently published agricultural chapter of the TTIP agreement are being forced to sign non-disclosure agreements and have been threatened with massive fines if they publicly disclose what they have read. According to one MEP, he was farcically stripped of all electronic devices and led into a “windowless cell” before he was allowed to read… Continue reading »

Prospect of TTIP already undermining EU food standards

Opponents of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership say EU negotiator has admitted to approving entry of banned goods. EU negotiators will resume controversial trade talks with the US on Monday amid claims that multinational companies have jumped the gun in advance of any agreement to import goods that are currently banned – including genetically modified… Continue reading »

Release of TPP deal text stokes ‘freedom of expression’ fears

There continues to be a trickle of information being leaked regarding TTP. This article in the Guardian concentrates on intellectual property rights: Wikileaks has released what it claims is the full intellectual property chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the controversial agreement between 12 countries that was signed off on Monday. TPP was negotiated in secret and… Continue reading »

Trans-Pacific free trade deal agreed creating vast partnership

It’s what we feared… The world’s biggest ever trade deal, TTP, was signed into existence today. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) cuts trade tariffs and sets common standards in trade for 12 Pacific rim countries, including the US and Japan. It marks the end of five years of often bitter and tense negotiations. Supporters say it could be… Continue reading »