The case for the TTIP

Author: | Published: 9 Dec 2014

The Atlantic Council’s Chris Brummer explains why the organisation is a firm supporter of the TTIP, and how recent political developments are impacting negotiations

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a comprehensive agreement being negotiated between the EU and the US. It aims to remove trade barriers in a wide range of economic sectors to make it easier to buy and sell goods and services between the two jurisdictions.

But it touches on sensitive economic sectors, like agriculture and energy, and trade deliberations can descend into fora for political point scoring. In this wide-ranging interview, the Atlantic Council's Chris Brummer explains the key pressure points, priorities for the future, and how a trend towards fragmentation has impacted negotiations.

Why is the TTIP important? When you look at the history of EU-US economic cooperation, one quickly understands that TTIP presents an unprecedented opportunity to create a...