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In this report, we assess the potential of three relatively promising international processes – the focus on fossil fuel subsidy (FFS) reform in the G20 group, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – to act as possible routes to reform in a transatlantic context.

How the EU and the USA could collaborate in pioneering fair competition and an economy fit for the future. It is time for a positive, sustainable vision of free trade.


TTIP is an initiative that aims to cement the dominance of the two largest economic powers in the world. Rainer Falk and Barbara Unmüßig consider a topic thus far left out of critical debate: TTIP’s implications for the “rest of the world,” particularly for developing and emerging economies.

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) could include rules on investment protection, including so called investor- state dispute settlement (ISDS).

TTIP will affect a broad range of issues, from energy to the environment, and intellectual property rights to labor rights. The agreement could also have a significant impact on the evolution of agricultural markets and food systems in the U.S. and EU.

There are crises and crises. Some come and go without leaving any lasting trace but others signal a break with the past. You do not need to be much of a prophet to predict that the current global economic shock will go down in the history books as the end of an era.

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Fair and sustainable trade creates adequate and stable prices, thus providing protection against ruinous price fluctuations on the world markets. Fair trade helps to improve the living and working conditions of small producers and workers. However, fair trade models are still a very minor factor on the world markets. Greater global equity requires better consumer information and a reform of the framework governing world trade.

 While the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Doha round is stuck in gridlock, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a possible free trade agreement between the U.S. and the EU, would be unprecedented in size and scope with repercussions on both sides of the Atlantic and beyond. Its potential impacts are important for every stakeholder and citizen to understand.  



In July 2013, the EU and the USA started negotiations the created the biggest global Free Trade agreement, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The TTIP Index provides a resource for anyone intersted in learning more about the TTIP to educate themselves, and to create a higher level transparency.

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