Free Trade Faults Europeans Fear Wave of Litigation from US Firms

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.
A tar sands extraction plant on the Athabasca River in Alberta, Canada.

A tar sands extraction plant on the Athabasca River in Alberta, Canada.

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