The three “isms” and understanding the proposed US-EU trade deal

The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

As President Obama continues to push the highly controversial and secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal in East Asia, a similar agreement is being negotiated on the other side of the planet between the U.S. and the European Union called the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).  While the TPP has been getting a lot of scrutiny in Washington, D.C, and in some media outlets, the TTIP has largely gone unnoticed in America.  That dynamic is likely to change for at least one critically important provision currently shared by both trade deals.

From The Guardian last March:

Last month, the Financial Times reported that the US is using these negotiations “to push for a fundamental change in the way business regulations are drafted in the EU to allow business groups greater input earlier in the process”. At first, De Gucht said that this was “impossible”. Then…

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