Transatlantic trade talks claim progress, see deal this year

Opponents of a proposed transatlantic trade deal (TTIP) hold inflatebale letters during a prostest rally in Hannover, Germany on April 23, 2016Negotiators on the ambitious TTIP transatlantic trade pact said they had made significant progress in New York this week and hope for a deal in 2016, despite popular opposition on both sides. Both sides said they would not be deterred by increased attacks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, and did not plan to water it down despite vocal objections from politicians and the public on both sides. “The United States has no interest in a ‘TTIP light’ that would not fulfil the economic promise of the ambitious agreement that we’re seeking,” said Dan Mullaney, the US Trade Representative’s front man in the talks.

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