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TTIP and You (Part 2): The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership’s impact on U.S. SMEs

In last week’s blog, we looked at what TTIP is meant to achieve on a macro scale, as well as examining its impact on Ireland’s business community. In this continuation of that piece, we’ll be looking at what the agreement means for different sectors of the United States’ economy, and particularly what it means for Read more about TTIP and You (Part 2): The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership’s impact on U.S. SMEs[…]

A million sign petition against EU-US trade talks

A campaign group website says over a million people in the European Union have signed a petition against trade negotiations with the United States. The petition calls on the EU and its member states to stop the talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership or TTIP. It also says they should not ratify a similar deal Read more about A million sign petition against EU-US trade talks[…]

EU-US deal could benefit dairy trade, says Bruton

The trade deal between the European Union and the United States could offer valuable market opportunities for the Irish dairy industry, Minister for Trade Richard Bruton has said, following a meeting of EU trade ministers in Brussels. Pointing out that the recent trade agreement between the EU and Canada had brought benefits for the Irish dairy and Read more about EU-US deal could benefit dairy trade, says Bruton[…]

Irrational fear risks depriving Europe of the benefits of trade

Written by Katinka Barysch See on FT: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/53563c12-5b9e-11e4-a674-00144feab7de.html#ixzz3IwXgpzoV The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership now being hammered out between the US and the EU is shaping up to be one of the boldest free trade agreements in recent history. It is designed to remove remaining tariffs between the world’s two richest economic blocs and to lower barriers to trade Read more about Irrational fear risks depriving Europe of the benefits of trade[…]

Obama says momentum building on ‘historic’ trans-Pacific trade deal

(Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday he sees momentum building for a Washington-backed free trade agreement in the Asia-Pacific, after arriving in Beijing on the first leg of an eight-day Asia tour. U.S officials had ruled out a major announcement on the ambitious 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in Beijing, where Obama will attend the Read more about Obama says momentum building on ‘historic’ trans-Pacific trade deal[…]

US trade agenda awaits midterm elections

By Shawn Donnan (Financial Times) See at  http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/209bac34-5834-11e4-b331-00144feab7de.html#ixzz3GxL4KwPf If Republicans seize control of the Senate in next month’s midterm elections, it would be bad news politically for Barack Obama and his Democrats. But the dirty little secret in Washington is that it could be very good news for the US president’s trade agenda. The November 4 elections Read more about US trade agenda awaits midterm elections[…]

World watches for first US interest rate hike in 8 years

As the US economy picks up pace its Federal Reserve is inching closer to raising interest rates, a move that will send ripples across the globe. The US is shaking off the hangover from the financial crisis that hammered Europe and even knocked mighty China off its stride. Ireland would welcome the move, experts said. Read more about World watches for first US interest rate hike in 8 years[…]

Dollar heads for best run in 17 years

  (Reuters) – The U.S. dollar headed for its ninth straight week of gains on Friday, some measure of how the economic fortunes of the United States and its major economic peers are diverging after six years of financial turmoil.   Benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury yields rose to their highest in over a month, while Read more about Dollar heads for best run in 17 years[…]