the Season for Gastronomic Indulgence -- and some associated thoughts on
Geographical Indications. This is a
trade policy menu item that causes considerable indigestion, but it can’t be left
behind on the plate if there is to be a transatlantic free trade accord.
gatherings among our family and friends have become epicurean tours du monde. Not only do they include traditional American
fare, but also meats, cheeses, wines and spirits from just about
Friday, as the Senate prepared to wind up its debate over TPA (also known as “Fast
Track”) legislation, Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) took to the floor to
reiterate his opposition:
“In looking at trade
bills that have passed in Congress in the years past, it’s not going to help
the people I want to help. I’m happy that multinational corporations are
doing well, but my first goal is not them. It’s people who work for a living.”
Senate approved the legislation, but prominent Democrats in the House
of Representatives, where the TPA bill will face a tougher battle, share Sen.
After years of
political wrangling over whether Congress should enact strong measures to
counter exchange rate manipulation by China or other countries, a donnybrook is brewing in conjunction with congressional consideration of new
Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). The outcome could determine the fate of major
merits, if enforceable exchange rate disciplines become
a principal U.S. negotiating objective at this stage, prospects for concluding
a Trans Pacific Partnership or Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
agreement would be thrown into greater doubt.
The West Coast ports labor dispute that has been dragging on since last summer is causing measurable economic damage. At the very least, it must be an impediment to faster growth. It’s certainly driving export and import businesses nuts — not least America’s pistachio growers, whose national day of celebration is coming up on February 26. Unfortunately their heaviest marketing period has collided with the worsening ports slowdown.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Census Bureau issued its foreign trade report for December 2014, provisionally completing the data set for the entire year.
Kathryn Hauser is in Europe this week, sharing her U.S.-EU trade policy insights and hearing views from the other side of the pond. Today's stop: beautiful Bordeaux. Here's an announcement from the Dec. 3 edition of the region's main economic newspaper,La Tribune Objectif Aquitaine:
Libre-échange : 2 experts américains en visite à Bordeaux
Aujourd'hui et demain matin, deux experts américains de l'accord de libre-échange entre l'Europe et les Etats-Unis répondent à l'invitation de Thomas Wolf, le consul des Etats-Unis à Bordeaux.
Focus on the “M” in SMEs
November 24, 2014
As the United
States and European Union continue negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and
Investment Partnership (T-TIP), priority is being given to the impact of an
agreement on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Indeed, an entire chapter of the T-TIP
negotiating text is devoted to the particular challenges that American and
European SMEs face in navigating the maze of regulations and obstacles to trade
across the Atlantic.
Resetting the T-TIP: Three Points for
It’s great news
that USTR Michael Froman and the new EU trade commissioner, Cecilia Malmström
have agreed to meet in mid-December to evaluate progress on T-TIP and “reset”
the direction of these important talks.
As they prepare for their first face-to-face meeting, I suggest three
important issues for reflection.
1. History offers some perspective: The
The T-TIP Negotiators’ Challenge:“How’s that T-TIP
Thing Workin’ for Ya?”
by Kathryn Hauser
October 28, 2014
well-known American TV talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw has a line he often uses
with guests to snap them out of delusional thinking and back to reality: “So,
how’s that workin’ for ya?” This is the
question we need to put to American and European negotiators who have now
completed seven rounds of negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and
Investment Partnership (T-TIP) and have precious little to show for their
Trade negotiators from the United States and the European
Union just met in Washington last week for the seventh round of negotiations on
the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP). I participated in the so-called Stakeholder
Consultation that the two negotiating teams had arranged for -- and came away
with the sense that the negotiators have lost their way.
who has long been involved in, and advocated for, an intensifying transatlantic
business relationship, I do not say this lightly.