Trump’s Top Trade Nominees Lobby To Kill UK’s Growth-Hormone Meat Ban

The news could have implications for the UK’s attempts to strike a post-Brexit trade deal with the United States, with reports suggesting the US agricultural sector wants to weaken UK food standards.

Cattle trounce around a huge pile of manure as a pen is cleaned out at the JBS feed lot west of Greeley in Kersey, Colo. (AP/Ed Andrieski)

Donald Trump’s nominee to be the United States’ chief agricultural trade negotiator previously called for the US to walk away from trade talks with the EU if it refused to drop its ban on beef reared with antibiotics and growth supplements, Energydesk can reveal. The news could have implications for the UK’s attempts to strike a post-Brexit


What The Leaked EU-Japan Trade Deal Tells Us About Brexit

JEFTA will soon become the EU’s biggest ever free trade deal, covering a trade volume twice as large as CETA, the recently negotiated agreement with Canada.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, left, greets Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on arrival at the Europa building in Brussels, March 21, 2017. (AP/Virginia Mayo)

As Brexit talks begin in earnest, the European Union’s army of trade negotiators is finalizing what is set to become their biggest deal yet — JEFTA, a wide-reaching financial agreement with Japan. But hundreds of documents from the top secret deal – obtained and published over the weekend by Greenpeace Netherlands – have led to accusations that


Trump’s NAFTA Reversal Likely Tied To Oil Industry Pressure

Despite Trump’s promises to “entirely renegotiate” what he once called “the worst trade deal in history,” his administration’s proposed changes to NAFTA are modest at best. This reversal coincides with major investments made by U.S. oil companies that have direct ties to some of the most powerful figures in the Trump administration.

Trump pauses while speaking in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Having called the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) “the worst trade deal in history” during his presidential campaign and repeatedly promising to “entirely renegotiate” the controversial pact, Donald Trump’s stance on NAFTA has seemed clear for months, especially after he affirmed the need to radically alter the


Economist Mark Blyth Delves Into Rising Inequality — & Populism — Around The World

If termites ‘start eating away at the foundations on both the left side of the building and the right side of the building, then the building looks fine from the outside but it could go any day,’ Mark Blyth tells MintPress, describing the hollowing out of the right and left in the US and Europe.

The crowd cheers as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Baton Rouge, La., Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island --- The world is in the midst of a tremendous political and global shift, with the rise of populism in the United States and Europe, largely in response to broader economic and social trends which have been materializing in recent decades. From the election of Donald Trump in the United States, to the victory of “Brexit”


What You Need To Know About CETA: The Newly Approved EU-Canada Trade Deal

The main purpose of CETA isn’t tariff elimination, which is at an all time low, its regulatory cooperation.

Activists stage a demonstration against the so-called CETA trade deal outside the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Wednesday, Feb.15, 2017. (AP/Jean-Francois Badias)

The EU-Canada trade deal CETA has been approved by the European Parliament by a vote of 408 to 254, with 33 abstentions. The deal is now set to be voted on by national and regional parliaments across Europe.   Union letter In a last minute intervention, Britain’s biggest unions wrote to Labour MEPs urging them to oppose


“The Americans Give Us Nothing”: France Effectively Kills TTIP

In Europe, politicians in the bloc’s biggest economic powers, France and Germany, find themselves under fire for supporting negotiations with the U.S.

A man on stilts and dressed like the Statue of Liberty holds a banner with the slogan Stop TTIP during a protest of thousands of demonstrators against the planned Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, TTIP, and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, CETA, ahead of the visit of United States President Barack Obama in Hannover, Germany, Saturday, April 23, 2016.

Just two days after Germany's outspoken vice chancellor (who has over the past 48 hours slammed not just Merkel's refugee policy but also Brexit negotiation demands), announced that Obama's transatlantic trade treaty, the TTIP, is dead, saying negotiations have failed because "we Europeans did not want to subject ourselves to American demands",