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 ]

Trans-Atlantic Free Trade: US Pushes for Deal Despite NSA Scandal

Trans-Atlantic Free Trade: US Pushes for Deal Despite NSA Scandal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 11, 2013

The NSA spying scandal has many in Europe calling for the suspension of negotiations on an EU-US free-trade deal. Officials in Washington are undeterred, and continue to push forward with talks despite growing skepticism this side of the Atlantic. By Gregor Peter Schmitz in Brussels more... Comment ]

Codependent: Merkel's Pragmatic Approach to the NSA Scandal

Codependent: Merkel's Pragmatic Approach to the NSA Scandal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 04, 2013

Chancellor Merkel might be furious about the NSA's unscrupulous surveillance activities, but reluctance to anger her partners in Washington prevents her from imposing sanctions. Trade issues aside, Germany itself depends heavily on intelligence gathered by the US agency. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Damage Control: Lawmakers to Visit Europe amid NSA Tensions

Damage Control: Lawmakers to Visit Europe amid NSA Tensions

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 04, 2013

Against a backdrop of fraying ties between the US and many of its allies, sympathy is growing within Congress for European outrage at NSA spying activities. A bipartisan group of lawmakers is due to visit Europe to help address concerns about American surveillance. By Gregor Peter Schmitz in Brussels more... Comment ]

Spy Games: Trans-Atlantic Relations Should Not Be Jeopardized

Spy Games: Trans-Atlantic Relations Should Not Be Jeopardized

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 01, 2013

The ongoing NSA spying scandal has put major strain on the relationship between Germany and the US. But both sides should stop reacting emotionally and look at the political realities. With trans-Atlantic trade on the line, there's simply too much at stake. A Commentary By Annette Heuser more... Comment ]

US on Spying Scandal: 'Allies Aren't Always Friends'

US on Spying Scandal: 'Allies Aren't Always Friends'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 28, 2013

Many commentators in the US see surveillance like the NSA's alleged tapping of Chancellor Merkel's phone as a necessary fact of life. The White House is trying to limit the damage -- but the snooping will go on. By Marc Pitzke in New York more... Comment ]