In New York läuft derzeit die 15. Verhandlungsrunde zum transatlantischen Freihandelsabkommen TTIP. Doch was man zum Thema TTIP in den (Sozialen) Medien hört und liest, sind vor allem Protestbotschaften: „TTIP stoppen!“ heißt dort die Devise. Im Interview mit FNF Europe analysiert Matthias Bauer, Senior Economist bei der Denkfabrik European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE), die Entstehung und Wirkweisen der „TTIP-Protestindustrie“ und sucht nach Wegen, Fakten in die polarisierte Diskussion einzubringen.
How will free trade with Europe develop in emerging powers like Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Peru? Experts from Latin America will expose the perspectives and the potential of their countries for strengthening economic relations with the EU. In fact, Latin American countries have adopted different positions vis-à-vis free trade in the past years. Mexico and Peru have successfully transformed their economies to open, market-based ones. By contrast, Argentina and Brazil are pursuing political strategies which isolate them from the world economy. Indeed, increasing prices in Brazil have prevented its industrial sector from being competitive at the international level. Brazil´s answer was protecting its firms from the exterior. Nevertheless, the positive development of more dynamic Latin American economies has encouraged Brazil to restart EU trade talks. Mexico and Peru have already signed free trade agreements with the EU. Which are the perspectives of transatlantic trade? What do the involved countries expect from opening up their markets? These and more questions will be discussed with international experts.
The election results of President Obamas victory show that „Republicans didn’t do well with any demographic group but angry white men,” so a speaker of the transatlantic conference “After the US Elections: Perspectives on the future of the transatlantic relationship” organized by the Friedrich-Naumann Stiftung für die Freiheit and the AJC Transatlantic Institute. Does Obama’s reelection suggest a shift in public opinion, even an “Europeanization” of values in the land of the brave? Or is Europe again too optimistic about the “change” that “four more years” of Obama will bring?