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    Who are the Davos class?

    15 January 2016
    Infograph
    This infographic illustrates some dimensions about why we believe the World Economic Forum is fundamentally about increasing corporate profits and rewarding political elites rather than “improving the state of the world.” It is an undemocratic, unaccountable and illegitimate institution that, far from improving the world, has over decades reinforced the global crisis of inequality, poverty, and environmental destruction.
  2. Protest Hannover 23 April 2016

    TTIP

    01 January 2016
    Topic

    The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a proposed free trade agreement, in negotiation, between the United States and the European Union. Its proponents claim that the agreement will benefit consumers with lower prices, increased competition and more jobs.
    However, very little of the TTIP deals with trade; the vast majority of the agreement relates to government regulations and will therefore have huge implications in matters such as food sovereignty, digital rights and the environment. It will limit the capacity of governments and local groups to regulate and increase the capacity of transnational corporations to act with impunity. TNI’s focus for TTIP and other free trade agreements is on the investment chapter, and particularly the problems caused by Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanisms that allow corporations to sue governments for actions that affect their profits.

  3. Investment protection

    01 January 2016
    Topic

    Investment protection mechanisms give corporations the right to sue states if they take any measures – including public interest legislation – that might threaten profits. Wellknown versions of this is the Investor state-dispute mechanism (ISDS) which after rising controversy and critisism has been replaced by the Investment court system (ICS). Investment protection mechanisms are included in most new FTAs. Nevertheless, several governments are starting to reconsider their commitments to it as they recognize the danger that it poses to their sovereignty. TNI has produced extensive research highlighting how investment protection gives corporations far-reaching rights that curtail governments’ sovereignty and drain limited public budgets. It has also revealed the big stakes the legal industry has in these mechanisms.

  4. TTIP - A giant leap for the EU, but does it pose a risk for the public?

    07 January 2016
    In the media

    Malta Today - The transatlantic trade and investement partnership (TTIP) between the European Union and the United States aims to increase economic growth and job on both sides of the Atlantic. However, critics say the TTIP agreements threaten public services.

  5. More than 500 civil society organisations from Myanmar express their concerns about the Investment Protection Agreement with the EU

    14 January 2016
    Declaration

    518 organizations from MATA Myanmar Alliance on Transparency and Accountability and 53 organizations from Lands in Our Hand network and various other civil society organizations express their concerns about investment protection in the EU-Myanmar Agreement.

  6. Meet the 'Emerging Market' Superstars of Global Economic Governance

    Andrew Marshall
    21 January 2016
    Article

    The rise of Raghuram Rajan and Agustin Carstens to top positions in powerful financial institutions reflects how the "Davos class" is incorporating people from every corner of earth into its neoliberal project.

  7. Civil society takes IPA concerns to EC

    19 January 2016
    In the media

    Myanmar Times - Over 500 Myanmar civil society organisations have voiced “deep concerns” about a prospective EU-Myanmar investment protection agreement (IPA).

  8. The zombie ISDS

    16 February 2016
    Report

    Rebranded as ICS, rights for corporations to sue states refuse to die

  9. European Groups Expose ‘Terrifying Extent Of Corporate Grab’ Within TTIP

    19 February 2016
    In the media

    MintPress News - 'The ability to enact effective and fair tax systems to finance vital public services is one of the defining features of sovereignty,' says Global Justice Now—one that is threatened by corporate trade deals.

  10. TTIP could block Governments from cracking down on tax avoidance, study warns

    19 February 2016
    In the media

    The Independent - Similar trade agreements have been used to facilitate apparent tax avoidance in the past

  11. TTIP 'Could Prevent Tax Justice' Amid Concerns Over Corporate Courts

    19 February 2016
    In the media

    Sputnik - Any potential ratification of the controversial TTIP trade deal would play into the hands of large multinational corporations and threaten the ability of EU member states to crack down on tax evasion, new research has claimed.
     

  12. US-EU Trade Will Undermine 'Tax Justice,' Says Report

    19 February 2016
    In the media

    Telesur - The secretive TTIP could make it easier than ever for big business to sue governments, according to new research.

  13. How Corporate Sovereignty Threatens The Power Of Governments To Collect And Set Taxes

    19 February 2016
    In the media

    Techdirt - The dangers of corporate sovereignty chapters in so-called "free trade" agreements are increasingly well-known.

  14. TTIP: big business ‘could sue governments over tax on profits’

    19 February 2016
    In the media

    Public Finance International - A new trade agreement proposed between the United States and the European Union could allow corporations to effectively sue governments who try to collect tax on their profits, campaigners have warned.

  15. Oil Corporations vs Climate: The Keystone XL Case

    23 February 2016
    Policy issue

    Countries around the world have reached a critical moment in the fight against climate change. Last year, hundreds of thousands of people marched in the streets demanding climate action, more than 190 countries reached a climate agreement in Paris, and renewable energy became more affordable and accessible to communities across the globe. Meanwhile, in sharp contradiction to that, countries negotiated new trade deals that would empower fossil fuel corporations to undermine the exact climate and conservation policies that are needed to tackle the climate crisis.

  16. The expected impact of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement

    • Alexander Kravchuk, Zakhar Popovych, Roeline Knottnerus, Daniel van Heijningen
    31 March 2016
    Policy issue

    On 6 April 2016, the Netherlands voted in a referendum on the EU’s Association Agreement (AA) with Ukraine. The referendum was a special democratic event – 427,939 signatures of citizens were collected to make it possible. With a turnout of 32.2%, just above the 30% threshold, the vote was valid. The deal was rejected by 61.1% of votes, compared with 38.1% in favour.

  17. Investment Court System put to the test

    • Cecilia Olivet, Natacha Cingotti, Pia Eberhardt, Nelly Grotefendt, Scott Sinclair
    19 April 2016
    Report

    The European Commission says that its new investment proposal –the Investment Court System - will protect governments' abilities to regulate on crucial matters such as public health and environmental protection. But analysis of five of the most controversial arbitration cases in recent years shows they could still be launched under the current proposal.

  18. A small protest sign saying 'small is beautiful, TTIP is not'

    TTIP leaks confirm civil society concerns

    02 May 2016
    Article

    248 pages of leaked documents confirm concerns: In a misguided effort to conclude one of the most ambitious trade deals ever, negotiators are arguing away hard-won health, workplace, food, farming and environmental safeguards, while pushing power further from electorates, citizens and regulators, and deeper into the hands of businesses, corporations and interest groups.  

  19. Signing away sovereignty

    • Cecilia Olivet, Jaybee Garganera, Farah Sevilla, Joseph Purugganan
    24 May 2016
    Report

    Mining firms have been one of the main corporate sectors worldwide to take advantage of investor-state dispute mechanisms to sue states for regulation of mining, having sued governments for a total of USD 53 billion so far. The Philippines, one of five countries worldwide with the highest overall mineral reserves, has a web of investment treaties which severely constrain the government's ability to regulate or close polluting mines. This legal straitjacket will become even tighter if the EU–Philippines Free Trade Agreement and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) proceed.

  20. Leaked documents show five EU Member States attempting to institutionalise ISDS throughout Europe

    Niels Jongerius
    19 May 2016
    Press release

    In an astonishing move which ignores the opinion of millions of citizens who oppose ISDS, the governments of Austria, France, Finland, Germany and the Netherlands (AFFGN) have made a sly attempt to institutionalise ISDS throughout the European Union. According to a leaked non-paper, on the 7th April representatives of these five nations made a proposal to the EU Council’s Trade Policy Committee which would in effect create a plurilateral treaty based on foreign investment protection within the EU. A move which was suspiciously followed by publication of a similar proposal on Business Europe’s website in what appears to have been a coordinated action.

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