I believe the two most urgent issues for the European community is the human tragedy in Syria, with the loss of life, the destruction and the displacement and, secondly, what only can be described as a sleepwalking exercised into CETA Comprehensive Economic Trade Announcement which would have horrendous impacts on workers in this country; There is disquiet, concern, criticism and outright opposition to this agreement, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, TTIP, and the economic partnership agreements, EPAs. The critics including myself are not anti-trade, but why is there this rush to sign while the EU is waiting on a decision from the European Court of Justice on the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement? If the Investor State Dispute Settlements goes through, this State can be sued by corporations and multinationals for loss of profit and the loss of potential profit. While this aspect appears to be removed from the provisional application, we know it is not gone! Do these investor courts have any place in trade deals?
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