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Países latinoamericanos discuten la protección a inversores extranjeros

In-depth piece about the problems with investor-state disputes in the economics blog of El Pais, going deep into the results of the CEO/TNI study "Profiting from Injustice": Los árbitros tienden hacer una interpretación expansivas de las normas a favor del inversor y se niegan a tomar en cuenta los dereches humanos y sociales recogidos por la legislación internacional."

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Alejandro Rebossio, El Pais
Publicly, business lobby groups are heavily pushing the idea that TTIP will benefit small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). But behind closed doors they admit the reality: that small companies will “face increased competition” and that “benefits remain hypothetical”.
Law firms and their stake in TTIP
The prospective EU-US trade deal could be the world's biggest such treaty. The revolving door between public and private sectors is helping to grease the wheels of the TTIP corporate lobby.
Civil society groups denounce the Commission's plan for a Capital Markets Union. No lesson has been learnt from the financial crisis, they say.
Discover the hidden world of well-resourced dirty energy lobbyists
The car manufacturing industry is traditionally one of Brussels' strongest, and has a particularly German flavour. But the recent scandal engulfing Volkswagen (VW – who also make Audi) and potentially others shows that if Europe is serious about regulating the car industry and protecting public health and the climate, it needs to stand up to the car lobby rather than allowing those resisting regulation to write it.
Spare a thought for big business lobbyists who are apparently “less successful than citizen groups at lobbying EU legislators” according to this research.

Capturing COP21 - Cororate influence and the UN climate summit in Paris

The corporate lobby tour

Stop the Crop

Alternative Trade Mandate