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Sacrificing Sovereignty and Human Potential in the name of Economic Growth

Sacrificing Sovereignty and Human Potential in the name of Economic Growth
Tom Monti

Tom Monti

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Tom has just completed his MA in Development Studies at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. His thesis examined the relationship between international trade and trade union rights in India and Pakistan. Before this, Tom worked for the National Alliance of People’s Movements and the European Projects and Management Agency in Delhi and Prague respectively. During the course of his undergraduate degree, he completed a one year internship with international development consultancy firm EUROPE Ltd. His areas of interest include trade liberalisation, workers’ rights and civil society. Alongside his work with Politheor, Tom is currently working for TRUST Consultancy and Development.
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Since economic liberalisation policies swept through lower and middle incomes in the late 20th century, more and more Bilateral Investment Treaties have been signed with the objective of incentivising foreign investment and promoting economic growth. Influential organisations such as the IMF and World Bank as well as powerful neoliberal governments in the West called for […]

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Are we moving forward? – A new-generation of trade agreements for the EU

Are we moving forward? - A new-generation of trade agreements for the EU
Igor Sarkissian

Igor Sarkissian

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Igor Sarkissian holds an M.A. in Advanced European and International Studies from Sciences Po Lille. Focusing mainly on European affairs and the EU, he worked as an intern for the economic and trade section of the EU delegation to Vietnam. His areas of interests include the economic, foreign and trade policy of the EU, the decision-making process of the European institutions and the relations between Europe and Asia.
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Recent FTAs negotiated and signed by the EU have integrated provisions and chapters aimed at fulfilling new objectives. Three main new dynamics can be identified in these: 1)Innovations in the field of e-commerce, services and investments, which require new regulations 2)Pressing environmental issues, which need to be considered in trade agreements and 3) The need […]

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Japan-EU trade deal: an uneven road ahead for EU car manufacturers?

Japan-EU trade deal:  an uneven road ahead for EU car manufacturers?
Danesh Kermabon-Haq

Danesh Kermabon-Haq

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Danesh Kermabon-Haq holds a BA degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of Sussex, UK and an MSc in International Public Policy from University College London (UCL), UK.His MSc thesis focused on ‘trade liberalisation and income inequality in South Asia’. His BA thesis focused on ‘worker cooperatives as a viable alternative to corporate capitalist enterprises today’. His areas of interest include trade liberalisation, EU policies and socio-economic issues in developing countries.
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A few months after CETA, the Japan- EU agreement was another giant step forward for EU trade. This latest deal was also announced by the European Commission as the “most important bilateral trade agreement ever concluded by the EU”.  Japan is the second biggest car exporter behind Germany and is the third biggest car producer […]

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Brexit and the single market: Norway or No way

Brexit and the single market: Norway or No way
Danesh Kermabon-Haq

Danesh Kermabon-Haq

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Danesh Kermabon-Haq holds a BA degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of Sussex, UK and an MSc in International Public Policy from University College London (UCL), UK.His MSc thesis focused on ‘trade liberalisation and income inequality in South Asia’. His BA thesis focused on ‘worker cooperatives as a viable alternative to corporate capitalist enterprises today’. His areas of interest include trade liberalisation, EU policies and socio-economic issues in developing countries.
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The EU single market is an “upgraded” economic free trade territory created in 1957 during the Treaty of Rome. This means it allows “the abolition, as between Member States, of obstacles to freedom of movement for goods, persons, services and capital”. In addition, not only does it get rid of tariff barriers like most free […]

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ISDS: a new dispute to settle?

ISDS: a new dispute to settle?
Danesh Kermabon-Haq

Danesh Kermabon-Haq

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Danesh Kermabon-Haq holds a BA degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of Sussex, UK and an MSc in International Public Policy from University College London (UCL), UK.His MSc thesis focused on ‘trade liberalisation and income inequality in South Asia’. His BA thesis focused on ‘worker cooperatives as a viable alternative to corporate capitalist enterprises today’. His areas of interest include trade liberalisation, EU policies and socio-economic issues in developing countries.
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The Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanisms are provisions included in most international investment agreements, since the late 1950s. As the name suggests, the role of the ISDS is to act as a “referee” or arbitrator in the event of a dispute between an investor and a state. These generally occur when a foreign investor feels […]

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India & RCEP: The end of low cost medications?

India & RCEP: The end of low cost medications?
Danesh Kermabon-Haq

Danesh Kermabon-Haq

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Danesh Kermabon-Haq holds a BA degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of Sussex, UK and an MSc in International Public Policy from University College London (UCL), UK.His MSc thesis focused on ‘trade liberalisation and income inequality in South Asia’. His BA thesis focused on ‘worker cooperatives as a viable alternative to corporate capitalist enterprises today’. His areas of interest include trade liberalisation, EU policies and socio-economic issues in developing countries.
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India’s pharmaceutical industry will be limited by the proposed TRIPS Plus clauses within the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) between ASEAN and their trading partners. These would make large production more complex causing medicine prices to go up and thus rendering them less accessible, especially for people living in developing countries. The RCEP is a […]

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Human Rights: None of your business?

Human Rights: None of your business?
Gianna Merki

Gianna Merki

Gianna Merki holds a BA Degree in Law, a Postgraduate Degree in Social Policy and an MA in International Relations. Her international professional experience include the NGO Victimology Society of Serbia dealing with victim support and reconciliation; the OSCE mission in Kosovo - in Human Rights and Communities; and currently a Policy Research internship at Politheor - European Policy Network. She has also worked as a translator for several years.
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The second session of the open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to Human Rights just took place from 24-28 October 2016. The mandate established in the resolution 26/9  of the 26th session of the Human Rights Council in 2014 is to elaborate a legally binding instrument to regulate […]

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Positive implications of CETA on the wood industry sector in the EU and CANADA

Positive implications of CETA on the wood industry sector in the EU and CANADA
Vladislav Vejnovic

Vladislav Vejnovic

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Vladislav holds a double master degree in European Forestry at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna and at the University of Eastern Finland. His research interests cover a wide range of international environmental policy topics, particularly, EU forest governance, illegal logging and illegal trade matters, legality verification and the economics of natural resources. He is also experienced in project development and cooperation, as well as in the education matters in Africa. Furthermore, Vladislav has been very active on the international networking scene. He was working for several NGO's, such as the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), as well as the European Forestry Institute (EFI), where he actively participated in several notable symposiums (e.g. FAO World Forestry Congress 2015, United Nations Forum on Forests 11).
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Even though the agreement hasn’t got as much attention as TTIP for example – probably due to the fact that Europeans and Canadians are quite alike, the importance of the agreement shouldn’t be called into question – it is simply enormous. The agreement is expected to increase trade in goods and services between both parties […]

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TTIP, CETA, TPP and… another secret trade deal

TTIP, CETA, TPP and… another secret trade deal
Elien Verstraeten

Elien Verstraeten

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Elien Verstraeten is an MSc in Local Economic Development student at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She holds a Bachelor’s in Economics from the University of Ghent.
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Greenpeace has recently leaked an update of the text of the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), a trade deal being negotiated in secret since March 2013. Joining the talks are the European Union (EU) and 22 other countries, including the United States of America (US), Canada, Japan, Turkey, Israel and Pakistan. Together the participating countries […]

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The world’s favorite drink: The right time to change producing practices

The world's favorite drink: The right time to change producing practices
Vladislav Vejnovic

Vladislav Vejnovic

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Vladislav holds a double master degree in European Forestry at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna and at the University of Eastern Finland. His research interests cover a wide range of international environmental policy topics, particularly, EU forest governance, illegal logging and illegal trade matters, legality verification and the economics of natural resources. He is also experienced in project development and cooperation, as well as in the education matters in Africa. Furthermore, Vladislav has been very active on the international networking scene. He was working for several NGO's, such as the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), as well as the European Forestry Institute (EFI), where he actively participated in several notable symposiums (e.g. FAO World Forestry Congress 2015, United Nations Forum on Forests 11).
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Let’s first reflect on the importance of coffee for the global economy. After petroleum, coffee is ranked as the world’s second most valuable traded commodity! Millions of small producers in developing countries, in the global south, rely on the consumption that mostly happens in the northern hemisphere.  Over 90% of coffee production takes place in […]

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