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The structural weaknesses of TTIP: transatlantic partnership threatens more than just consumer protection

Strukturelle Schwächen des transatlantischen Abkommens: TTIP gefährdet weit mehr als den Verbraucherschutz

Dieter, Heribert

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Corporate Editor Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik -SWP- Deutsches Institut für Internationale Politik und Sicherheit
Abstract Questions concerning consumer rights have thus far dominated discussions about the planned Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). This is surprising, because very much more is at stake. Firstly, TTIP and similar large-scale projects endanger the future of the multilateral trading order. Secondly, before the agreement can be signed, enormous and as yet entirely unexplored obstacles will need to be overcome; this includes the question of inter-state dispute settlement. The economic benefits of TTIP will also be smaller than claimed, whereas the long-term political damage, especially for Germany, could be considerable. (author's abstract)
Keywords EU; United States of America; international economic relations; free trade; international agreement; transatlantic relations; trade policy; consumer protection
Classification International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy; Economic Policy
Free Keywords Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
City Berlin
Page/Pages 4 p.
Series SWP Comments, 32/2014
ISSN 1861-1761
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications