U.S. and European Union officials wrap-up the latest round of talks today as they negotiate a free trade deal called the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
Boosters like Fran Burwell with the Atlantic Council see an economic upside for the U.S. economy.
“Every state gains in terms of its exports to the EU. There will be about 740,000 new jobs created in the United States over 10 years,” says Burwell.
Environmental activists like Michelle Chan with Friends of the Earth see a potential downside.
Chan says, “This transatlantic trade deal will really focus on deregulation. With the idea being that environmental and public health protections themselves can be construed as barriers to trade.”
The WTO has rejected Canada's appeal of a ban keeping pelts and other products from the country's seal hunt from being imported into Europe. The ban was brought on moral grounds, the EU says.
Activists say that after the attack, warplanes dropped leaflets with a message to rebels: "You have 10 hours to surrender: either leave your arms and return to the bosom of the nation, or go to hell."
After meeting with leaders of the ousted government Friday, the army detained former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra. The junta has installed several rules aimed at keeping public order.
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