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EU and U.S. Open Free Trade Discussions: July 8 and 12, 2013

EU and U.S. Open Free Trade Discussions: July 8 and 12, 2013

EU and U.S. open free trade discussions: July 8 and 12, 2013

On July 8, the European Union (EU) and the United States started negotiating a free trade agreement, holding a first round of talks in Washington, D.C. The planned trade pact, which is called the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) would, if concluded, be the world's largest bilateral free trade agreement, covering 40 percent of the world's economic output. The initiative came about in part because of the failure of the World Trade Organization (WTO) to significantly advance trade liberalization since being established in 1995. It is also the U.S. and EU response to the remarkable economic growth that Asian economies, especially ...

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