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May 6, 2016, 9:43 am, 1633781

From the Washington Post:

Clinton, the Democratic pres­idential front-runner, responded in writing to a question on the lame-duck session from a coalition of Oregon labor unions and environmental groups by stating: “I oppose the TPP agreement — and that means before and after the election.”


On the Oregon questionnaire, in response ...

May 4, 2016, 9:43 am, 1632914

Thisis from President Obama in an op-ed pushing for the TPP:

...China is negotiating a trade deal that would carve up some of the fastest-growing markets in the world at our expense, putting American jobs, businesses and goods at risk.


Fortunately, America has a plan of our own that meets each ...

May 4, 2016, 9:43 am, 1632913

Regular readers know how much I like to obsess over the meaning of "protectionism" and the purpose of trade agreements. Sweden's National Board of Trade has a great new reportthat delves into these questions. Here's an excerpt:

As mentioned, the approaches to protectionism vary widely between different institutions. (See table ...

May 2, 2016, 9:43 am, 1632068

This is from EU Trade Commissioner CeciliaMalmström:

It begs to be said, again and again: No EU trade agreement will ever lower our level of protection of consumers, or food safety, or of the environment. Trade agreements will not change our laws on GMOs, or how to produce safe ...

May 2, 2016, 9:43 am, 1632067

This is from Inside US Trade:

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and German Economic Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Monday (April 25) each blamed the other side for holding up progress in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations, with Gabriel charging the U.S. with intransigence on government procurement and ...

April 29, 2016, 9:43 am, 1631264

We had so much fun talking about discriminatory purpose last week,I thought I'd bring up the subject again. This time, I want to focus on exactly how one might evaluate a measure's legitimacy, which you may or may not think involves a determination as towhether a measure has a ...

April 29, 2016, 9:43 am, 1631263

Reading further in the Argentina - Financial Services AB report, maybe I was getting all worked up over nothing. After seeming to say that"regulatory aspects" of the measure cannot be considered as a separate step in the conditions of competition/treatment no less favorable analysis, the AB then says ...

April 26, 2016, 9:43 pm, 1630219

This is a bold new case against steel imports:

USW Strongly Supports U.S. Steel’s Trade Case to Sanction Chinese Unfair and Illegal Practices Affecting Steel Sector: Bold Action is Absolutely Necessary

United Steelworkers (USW) International President Leo W. Gerard issued the following statement today in support of a new petition filed ...

April 26, 2016, 9:43 pm, 1630218

From The Economist:

TOBACCO companies specialise in contradiction. They herald the decline of smoking among youngsters, for example, then flaunt their sales to callow puffers. The most skilled contortionist in the industry may be Philip Morris International, the world’s biggest tobacco firm. To date, any good news for shareholders has ...

April 24, 2016, 1:43 pm, 1629480

This is a guest post from Mona Pinchis on the Mesa v. Canada NAFTA Chapter 11 decision

On March 24, 2016, a decision was rendered in the Mesa Power Group LLC v Canada dispute. The Government of Canada released the decision a few days ago, including a ...