The United States is discussing trade with neighbours to its east and to its west. No doubt to its south and north too, but just now I’m thinking about its trading partners across the Atlantic and across the Pacific. What do normal people know? What can your friendly popsci blogger say about what all this trade-talk means for the lands and seas? I can’t say much, just now. Hopefully I’ll learn more.
With leaders in Europe, the US is negotiating about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). There’s a lot of secrecy but here’s a window. The European Commission (EC) tells us that it’s ‘taking the unprecedented step of making available to the public a number of the EU’s initial position papers on various aspects of the negotiations.’ EU is the European Union. Not the same thing as the EC but if you know exactly how they’re different, you know more about politics than I do. Anyway, peer past the curtains and you can see links to the TTIP papers.
Meanwhile the US is also negotiating about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Again this involves secrecy. Here’s what the US Trade Representative is willing to tell us about the TPP discussions.
What about the land? What about the sea? What about the hungry people? Trade agreements affect us all.