free trade

G20: False dilemmas, theatre and cruelty

Today, the G20 is a meeting that politically represents the interests of large corporations and global finance. In other words, it serves the business of capital and in no way takes into account the well-being of the people who live…

NGOs launch massive lawsuit against EU-Canada trade deal

German activists have launched the country’s largest-ever civil lawsuit in protest of a planned free trade agreement between the EU and Canada. They argue the trade pact violates the constitution and the rule of law. A group of German NGOs…

France to call for an end to EU-US free trade talks

Talks over the hugely controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the US are in danger as France pushes for an end to negotiations and a German minister says they have failed. French President Francois Hollande…

Africa Launches Largest Trading Block with 620 Million Consumers

Human Wrongs Watch By Baher Kamal* 22 February 2016 (IPS) – More than 1,500 public and private business delegates and state leaders agreed on 20-21 February in Egypt to mobilize massive investments for the implementation of Africa’s largest trading bloc…

Free Trade not so Free after all

By Julio Godoy* | IDN-InDepth NewsAnalysis BARCELONA (IDN) – International negotiations on so-called “free trade agreements” have always had something surreptitious about them. In the late 1990s, the industrialised countries represented at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)…

Why the NHS must be exempted from the US/EU free trade agreement

By National Health Action. The Health and Social Care Act and the regulations for implementing it change the nature of the NHS for corporate benefit. Obligatory competitive tendering effectively means privatising. And because this is the UK – a very…