Isolating Trump: Merkel's G-20 Climate Alliance Is Crumbling

Isolating Trump: Merkel's G-20 Climate Alliance Is Crumbling

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 09, 2017

The German chancellor had been hoping to isolate Donald Trump on climate issues at the upcoming G-20 summit in Hamburg. But Merkel's hoped-for alliance is crumbling, underscoring Germany's relative political weakness globally. Many countries are wary of angering the United States. By Christiane Hoffmann, Peter Müller and Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]

US Trade Representative on TTIP: 'We Can Still Achieve Our Objective'

US Trade Representative on TTIP: 'We Can Still Achieve Our Objective'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 31, 2016

German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel recently claimed negotiations over the planned trans-Atlantic free trade agreement had fallen apart. US Trade Representative Michael Froman says that's incorrect and argues now is the time for unity. Interview Conducted By Veit Medick in Washington more... Video | Comment ]


Free Tradeoffs: TTIP is Flawed -- But Necessary

Free Tradeoffs: TTIP is Flawed -- But Necessary

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 09, 2016

The planned TTIP free trade agreement between Europe and the United States has generated significant backlash for good reasons. But it's time for Europeans to get on board, or risk being left behind. A Commentary By Michael Sauga more...

The TTIPing Point: Protests Threaten Trans-Atlantic Trade Deal

The TTIPing Point: Protests Threaten Trans-Atlantic Trade Deal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 06, 2016

An unprecedented protest movement of a scope not seen since the Iraq war in Germany has pushed negotiations over the TTIP trans-Atlantic free trade agreement to the brink of collapse. The demonstrations are characterized by a level of professionalism not previously seen. By Dinah Deckstein, Simone Salden and Michaela Schießl more... Comment ]


US Commerce Secretary on TTIP: 'Our Administration Wants a Deal This Year'

US Commerce Secretary on TTIP: 'Our Administration Wants a Deal This Year'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 25, 2016

As she visits Germany with US President Obama, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker is making a push for the TTIP trans-Atlantic free trade agreement. "Our administration wants a deal," she says in an interview, at the same time defending secrecy. By Veit Medick in Washington, DC more... Comment ]

The TTIP Gap: How a Trans-Atlantic Trade Deal Can Still Be Fixed

The TTIP Gap: How a Trans-Atlantic Trade Deal Can Still Be Fixed

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 08, 2015

The European Commission is hoping that a major trade agreement with the US will stimulate the EU economy. But many in Europe fear adverse impacts on the environment and democracy. Negotiators ought to consider a third approach. By Spiegel Staff more... Comment ]


Trans-Atlantic Ties: It's Time To Rebuild Trust

Trans-Atlantic Ties: It's Time To Rebuild Trust

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 04, 2015

Germany and the United States have close relations politically, but ties between our people are drifting as a result of NSA spying, the report on CIA torture and the planned TTIP trade agreement. A broader dialogue is necessary to deepen the partnership. A Commentary By Karen Donfried and Wolfgang Ischinger more... Comment ]

Free Trade Faults: Europeans Fear Wave of Litigation from US Firms

Free Trade Faults: Europeans Fear Wave of Litigation from US Firms

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 26, 2015

With broad public resistance and a European Parliament majority against it, EU officials are rethinking their positions on the proposed free-trade agreement with Washington. Many fear investor protection rules will wreak havoc on national laws. By Christoph Pauly more... Comment ]


Interest Rate Blues: Emerging Nations Demand Western Support

Interest Rate Blues: Emerging Nations Demand Western Support

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 19, 2014

At the G-20 finance ministers' meeting in Sydney, emerging economies will push for joint action to halt rising interest rates. But the industrialized nations want nothing to do with it and are instead arguing that each country should solve its own problems. By Martin Hesse and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]

Corporation Carte Blanche: Will US-EU Trade Become Too Free?

Corporation Carte Blanche: Will US-EU Trade Become Too Free?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 23, 2014

Opposition to the planned new trans-Atlantic free trade agreement is growing. So far, criticism has focused on the fact that the deal seems directed exclusively at economic interests. Now fears are growing that corporations will be given too much power. By Michaela Schiessl more... Comment ]