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European Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht recently faced serious communication issues. First, in a yesterday documentary by German broadcaster ARD he was portrayed as a clueless politician, when confronted with the figures of his own commissioned study. It was broadcasted before, my sympathies to him as indeed the purpose of these studies is to back,… » read more

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Within the ongoing negotiations on the transatlantic trade and investment partnership (T-TIP) one issue has been successfully put on the public agenda by leftist campaigning organisations: The Chlorinated Chicken. In the United States it is common to disinfect slaughtered poultry with chlorine dioxide. The European Union has put a ban on such poultry with the… » read more

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In 2014 the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) along with its poster child, the Chlorinated Chicken, escaped the Brussels and Washington bubble. T-TIP went out into the wild of public debate. Generally this is well appreciated as the T-TIP received criticism of lack of democratic scrutiny and transparency of negotiations. Campaigning organisations of the… » read more

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A Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is strongly pushed by the United States, a treaty for a transatlantic free trade zone. A transatlantic free trade zone would strenghten the occidental community at a time where other WTO trading powers as China gain weight and multilateral action gets more and more complicated. This week the… » read more

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The Danish Folketing made interesting proposals how to strengthen national democratic scrutiny of the European institutions: (At the last COSAC meeting (17 May 2013)) …the Danish Folketing suggested establishing a right of initiative for national Parliaments in parallel to a citizens’ initiative (a certain number of national Parliaments should be allowed to invite the European… » read more

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Sophie in’t Veld, a Dutch ALDE Member of the European Parliament and member of the Civil Liberties Committee criticised the US interference in draft stage of the European Data Protection law, that is before legislators as herself got the proposal from the European Commission. Among the controversial changes that are attributed to draft stage interference… » read more

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The USA strategic pivot to Asia gets accompanied by affirmations of the Transatlantic partnership as well as irritating attempts to broaden the perspective. For instance Transatlantic foundations discover the “Southern Atlantic”. The easing of the transatlantic alliance is apparent but the United States have no plan or vision how to fill a post-pivot power vacuum… » read more

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