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25,000 people protest GMOs, CETA and TTIP in Berlin on January 17. Twitter photo
Brent Patterson | The EU food safety commissioner says that there are no signs of majority support in EU national parliaments for the U.S.-EU TTIP because of public concerns about food and environmental safety.
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Scott Harris | A new report warns that expansive new protections in CETA's investment chapter could unleash a corporate litigation boom against Canada, the EU and individual EU member states.
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Brent Patterson | Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper met with the leaders of 11 other countries this week in Beijing to try to advance talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
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Jim Stanford | A CETA without ISDS is certainly better than one with it. And the blow to the credibility and legitimacy of this very negative feature of globalization is welcome and helpful.
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Brent Patterson | The rejection by Germany is a significant development because, "All 28 members of the EU have to sign the agreement for it to take effect." It is also notable that Germany is Europe's largest economy.
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Stuart Trew | U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, a Democrat from Montana, introduced a trade promotion authority (TPA) bill that would give Obama the ability to "fast track" trade deals.
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Stuart Trew | It's 2014, which means it's NAFTA's 20th anniversary, which means expect fairly regular commentary for a few months on how Canada, Mexico and the U.S. would be worse off without the free trade treaty.
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Stuart Trew | It's time to reverse course on corporate rights treaties -- to balance the desires of investors to profit against our democratic right to govern in the broader public interest.
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Stuart Trew | Fair trade activists gathered in Salt Lake City, Utah this week for what some are calling the most secretive round of Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations yet.
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Kaylie Tiessen | After more than 100 years of business, Leamington's Heinz plant is closing, throwing 740 people out of work and sending the community into economic shock.
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Stuart Trew | This week's TPP leaks and letters on fast-track to Obama are a timely reminder of what Canada is trading away in these "next generation" free trade deals.
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Murray Dobbin | If democracy is ultimately to prevail and if the values of Canadians are to find their way once again into public policy we need to move beyond Stephen Harper and pay attention to the other players.