People’s News No. 115 Out Now

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The current issue of the People’s News No. 115 is out now

P.1 “Water in its natural state” – the threat posed by CETA to public ownership of water. The treatment of water and water services in international trade agreements remains a controversial issue globally.

P.3 Dutch had euro-exit plan while we were being ruled by troika. Details have emerged that both the Dutch and German governments were preparing emergency plans for a return to their national currencies at the height of the euro crisis.

P4 Italian campaign against Euro launched. The leader of Italy’s anti-establishment 5-Star Movement has taken his campaign for a referendum on the euro to Brussels.

P.5 The current status of CETA. The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is a trade agreement – very similar to TTIP – between the EU and Canada.

P.5 European Commission threatens to leave small firms in the lurch. Since 2009 the Commission has been examining new legislation for its effects on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

P.6 TEEU votes to ‘Scrap TTIP’. The recent TEEU Biennial Delegate Conference in Kilkenny pledged the union ‘to oppose the ratification and implementation of TTIP in all forums in which it participates.’

P.6 Need for Plan B? It is quite clear that the Eurozone structural problems have never been resolved and probably never can be.

P.7 Building a Banking Union will not solve lack of credit problem. The recent stress tests by the European Central Bank had next to no impact on Europe’s main problem: tight credit conditions for households and businesses.

P.8 Meet TISA: Another Major Treaty Negotiated In Secret by the EU. The best introduction to TISA (Trades in Services Agreement) comes from the Public Services International (PSI) organisation, a global trade union federation representing 20 million people working in public services in 150 countries.

P.10 Van Rompuy to receive €500,000 – that’s worth a haiku or two! Herman van Rompuy, who left his job as EU council president on 1st December, is to receive some €500,000 before tax.

P.10 EU governments paid €3.5bn in investor claims under ISDS. EU governments have been forced to pay out more than €3.5 billion in compensation to firms under controversial investor protection rules.

P.11 Juncker’s plan: casino capitalism rides again. Cynics observed that even before it was formally unveiled, the €315 billion investment package to kick start EU economies had achieved its goal; Jean-Claude Juncker had become President of the European Commission.

P.13 ISDS in action  – for the common good? Swedish energy company Vattenfall is suing Germany for phasing out nuclear power and replacing it with renewables.

P.13 What is ‘Movement of natural persons’ (Mode 4). Under trade agreements such as the TISA, the term “movement of natural persons” refers to services provided by nationals of one country who travel to another member country to provide a service.

P.13 Why the EU won’t impose an arms embargo on Israel. David Cronin knows why!

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