#TTIPLeaks: Greenpeace Leaked 248 Pages of TTIP Documents Today

florez - ttip demo 004Today, Greenpeace Netherlands released 248 pages of leaked documents from the secretive negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the proposed free trade agreement between the United States (US) and European Union (EU). The leaked documents cover 13 chapters that address topics from telecommunications to regulatory cooperation, from pesticides, food and agriculture to trade barriers, the US’ position, and internal EU documents that outline the “tactical state of play of the TTIP negotiations”.

When we published ‘The Transatlantic Colossus: Global Contributions to Broaden the Debate on the EU-US Free Trade Agreement’ in December 2013, our intention – as is the case with Greenpeace – was to draw public attention to the wide range of political, economic, and social implications that the proposed agreement could have on the everyday lives of US and EU citizens as well as on the rest of the world. Nowadays, more than ever, as civil societies on both sides of the Atlantic have voiced their concerns about TTIP and other agreements (i.e., TPP, CETA, and TiSA), it is important to continue broadening the debate with objective information and reliable analyses that include academics, experts, and civil society.

You can read and download the released documents at the dedicated #TTIPLeaks website.

Although we have dedicated and will continue to dedicate efforts to TTIP, we have also started to cover other topics, sharing our understanding on why the EU is failing to provide asylum to refugees, publishing a blog post series on sovereignty and global politics (i.e., in relation to financial markets, the Internet, and trade), and addressing some of the reasons behind environmental disasters. For this reason, we will soon welcome a new contributor to our blog, who will write a series of blog posts on the global politics of climate change and environmental diplomacy.

We will be announcing the launch of the blog post series on global politics of climate change promptly! For now, we leave you to consider how, despite the success of the Paris Agreement, the TTIP negotiations show that trade authorities within the EU and the US may not be as committed as the rest of their polities to seriously addressing the challenges of climate change and upholding environmental standards.

(Photo credit: Berlin Forum on Global Politics & Jonathan Florez | BFoGP)

New Blog Post: TTIP and Sovereignty

TTIPOur blog post series on sovereignty and global politics comes to a close with an analysis by co-founder Daniel Cardoso on the relationship between trade and sovereignty today. Daniel argues that, when free trade agreements like the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are used to advance at all costs the privileges of dominant world forces, sovereignty remains a necessary tool to manage globalization, protect the public interest, and guarantee citizens’ rightful participation in public policymaking.

The blog post, entitled ‘How TTIP Threatens State Sovereignty and Why We Should Be Concerned’, is available here.

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Blog Launched!

verde - ttip demo 001We at the Berlin Forum on Global Politics are committed to open knowledge, contributing to the debate on subjects related to global politics with Creative Commons-licensed materials – so that these are freely and easily accessible to everybody, everywhere, and anytime.

For that reason we are glad to announce the latest feature of our website: the blog section. Events in global politics are in constant flux and blog posts offer the opportunity to address and analyze them in a timely and dynamic manner.

Miguelángel Verde Garrido, one of our co-founders, kicks-off the blog with a post on why the recent TTIP demonstration in Berlin was the largest in the country in more than a decade.

We hope that you find these contributions valuable. Do feel free to share them, along with our publications and working paper series, with your networks, since they are also licensed as Creative Commons. Lastly, be sure to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter to stay up-to-date with the latest blog posts or with other news!

(Photo credit: Berlin Forum on Global Politics & M. Verde | BFoGP)

Discussing Digital Rights and TTIP

EFF - FlickrOn 19th June 2015, co-founder Miguelángel Verde Garrido will talk at the opening debate and cryptoparty for European Alternatives’ Create|React: Digital workshop at c-base, Berlin, Germany.

Sharing a panel with Professor Daniele Archibugi (Italian National Research Council, University of London, Birkbeck College), Miguel will talk about untransparency and lack of civil society’s participation in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations, and how these treaties forego privacy in favor of more global trade. Prof. Archibugi will talk about the history of political secrecy in government institutions and the disclosure of political secrets when these are clearly against the interest of the citizens.

Frederike Kaltheuner (Centre for Internet and Human Rights), Maria Xynou (Tactical Tech), and Hauke Gierow (Reporters Without Borders) will talk about why we should care and how to engage in activism in an age of ubiquitous surveillance as well as why this particular struggle is an issue of citizenship.

Further information about the event can be found here.

(Photo credit: EFF Photos | Flickr)

Reflecting on NAFTA to Better Understand TTIP

The Berlin Forum on Global Politics (BFoGP) is excited to announce the launch of a collaborative photography project entitled “Reflecting on NAFTA to better understand TTIP”.

Jonathan Florez, citizen journalist and Who really benefits from the TTIP?photographer, captures in this project the reflections of some of the people who attended a lecture and discussion on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) held by México Via Berlin on 2nd May, 2015. BFoGP co-founders Daniel Cardoso, Marc Venhaus and Miguelángel Verde Garrido were invited to discuss the implications of TTIP, while Prof. Nayar López Castellanos (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) was invited to analyze NAFTA and its consequences for Mexico.

To explore the photography project, click here.

(Photo credit: Berlin Forum on Global Politics & Jonathan Florez | BFoGP)

Drawing Lessons from NAFTA to Better Understand TTIP

The Berlin Forum on Global Politics (BFoGP) discussed the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), on Saturday, May 2, from 19:00, at the Rosa-Luxemburg Stiftung in Berlin.

14391291462_2bf9964dd5_bThe event, organized by Mexico Via Berlin, sought to analyze the similarities and differences between TTIP and the North-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), established in 1994 by the United States (US), Canada and Mexico. Prof. Nayar López Castellanos, from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), looked at NAFTA and its consequences while we focused on TTIP. Together we discussed how the case of NAFTA can help us anticipate the type of implications that a free trade agreement like TTIP can carry, not only for the US and the EU, but also for third countries.

We are always expanding our partnerships so as to involve more institutions and people in our projects. Our latest collaboration partner was Jonathan Florez, Berlin-based photographer and citizen journalist, who documented the event and captured, through images, the audience’s conclusions about the debate.

This event was part of a seminar series, organized by Mexico Via Berlin, which examined the work done in the context of the Mexican chapter of the Permanent Peoples Tribunal (PPT). Further information about the event and about the seminar series can be found here: http://mexicoviaberlin.org/

Language: English and Spanish

(Photo credit: EFF Photos | Flickr)

Discussing TTIP in Washington

IMG_1566On 6 February 2015, co-founder Marc Venhaus took part in the Transatlantic Policy Symposium “Beyond Tariffs: Trade Relations and the Transatlantic Relations in the 21st Century” at the BMW Center of German and European Studies at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. He delivered a speech on  “An Unequal Treaty: TTIP and Inequality in Europe”, which is the topic of the most current BFoGP working paper and, in addition to that, discussed pressing transatlantic matters with fellow peers from both the EU and the US. Participating high ranking officials and scholars included, among others, David O’Sullivan (EU Ambassador to the United States), Dr. Philipp Ackermann (Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany), Sir Michael Leigh (Transatlantic Academy Fellow and Senior Advisor, German Marshall Fund) and Dr. Dan Hamilton (Executive Director of the Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University).