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The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

Is the global trading system at a turning point?

The representatives from the European Union and the United States are discussing a complex package of subjects that are of relevance to more than just the transatlantic economic area. Those who venture to look beyond the Atlantic rim will soon see that the likely global effects are enormous.

The transatlantic free trade agreement and other “mega-regionals”, like the Transpacific Partnership negotiated by the USA and ten other countries, demonstrate that regional agreements are covering ever more trade flows and intruding ever deeper into national regulatory systems. Greater attention needs to be paid to the effects these “mega-regionals” are having on the World Trade Organization (WTO) and developing countries.

What are the implications of mega-regionals for the multilateral trading system? How will developing countries and emerging economies be affected?

This special presents the work of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) on the effects of trade and investment agreements.

Research staff



In the Media

Wie geht TTIP?
Clara Brandi on TTIP and Development
Quarks&Co, 17 May 2016


Cover: The Current Column

Do we need to re-think free trade?
Brandi, Clara / Dominique Bruhn (2016)
The Current Column of 4 October 2016

In the Media

Cover: Development and Cooperation

Exports as drivers of growth
Brandi, Clara / Dominique Bruhn
D+C, 15 September 2016


Rising Powers in the Global Trading System – China and Mega-Regional Trade Negotiations
Brandi, Clara (2016)
Rising Powers Quarterly, Volume 1, Issue 1, September 2016, pp. 71-83

In the Media



Columbia FDI Perspectives
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, investor-state dispute settlement and China

Berger, Axel / Lauge N. Skovgaard Poulsen (2015)
Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI)