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Free trade mega deals: Sovereignty under threat

Free trade mega deals: Sovereignty under threat

Free trade mega-agreements like the TTIP roll out the red carpet to the private sector, limit the regulatory capacity of States and even further sideline the WTO. ...>>

WTO Conference: Crumbs for the South

WTO Conference: Crumbs for the South

The WTO Ministerial Conference held in December 2015 in Nairobi has acknowledged the division among Members over the Doha Round as well as "new issues". ...>>

WTO Conference: the Northern powerplay

WTO Conference: the Northern powerplay

At the Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in December, industrialized countries could attempt to end the Doha Round. The North-South divide is deeper than ever. ...>>

TISA: From the darkroom to the home straight

TISA: From the darkroom to the home straight

The TISA negotiations could end in 2016. Currently, the most sensitive aspect comprises the "annexes", which were meant to remain secret. Now they have been published by WikiLeaks. ...>>

CETA: Carte blanche for the private sector?

CETA: Carte blanche for the private sector?

States are to have less regulatory powers, whereas foreign investors will be able to file suits against legislative changes. The new free trade agreement between the EU and Canada is alarming. ...>>

Swiss emergency stocks on the expense of the poorest

Swiss emergency stocks on the expense of the poorest

The new draft of the National Economic Supply Act endorses the funding of Switzerland's mandatory stocks through taxes on imports of products from other countries, including the poorest ones. ...>>

Investment protection: Who should decide in cases of dispute?

Investment protection: Who should decide in cases of dispute?

Ever more countries are denouncing their investment protection agreements. South Africa has stopped renewing them as they expire, including the one with Switzerland. ...>>

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