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Trade Agreements in Limbo

April 02, 2019 5:51 PM

A number of new trade agreements are being discussed, with some significant ones in the early stages. One is between the US and the EU. One was within reach and known as TTIP.
Now, it seems negotiators are starting over with disagreements arising even about what to negotiate. The US wants agriculture to be included, but that topic has been a hot potato for Europe’s elected leaders and their farmer constituents. Farmers are a powerful lobby there and are quick to take to the streets in noisy tractor protests. The French in particular are protective of their farmers and fear that more competition will drive them out of business or into the boulevards of Paris where they could potentially cause a political crisis.
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