Four Reasons Why TTIP May Fail and Why It Will be Europe’s Fault

Tereza Novotná v rozhovoru pro jako autorka reportu 'Four Reasons Why TTIP May Fail and Why It Will be Europe’s Fault', který byl publikován v rámci LSE IDEAS publikace 'New Challenges, New Voices: Next Generation Viewpoints on Transatlantic Relations'.

Despite clear economic and geopolitical advantages, TTIP has become one of the most controversial agreements to ever be negotiated by the European Union (EU). In contrast to initial expectations, it might be the ratification process within the EU which proves to be more difficult than that in the United States (US) Congress. This chapter focuses on how we got to where we are now in the public debate on TTIP from a European perspective and explains that a potential failure to ratify TTIP in Europe would be a result of weaknesses in the EU’s system of governance created by the Treaty of Lisbon. The chapter argues that the public discourse among national leaders born from a sense they are not responsible for TTIP may eventually block the agreement. Secondly, various actors, including the European Parliament, are using the TTIP debate and aspects of it, such as questions over transparency and the investor-state-disputesettlement (ISDS) mechanism, to their advantage in the institutional turf wars rather than as a matter of common good. Finally, the chapter points to a lack of ‘throughput legitimacy’ of TTIP being the cause for why public opinion has shifted from ‘permissive’ to ‘constraining’ and how this is likely to shape TTIP’s destiny. In other words, if TTIP fails, it will be Europe’s fault. 

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Tereza Novotná
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Expertiza: evropská zahraniční politika, Severní a Jižní Korea a jihovýchodní Asie; Evropská služba vnější činnosti (EEAS), Delegace EU; transatlantické vztahy a obchod; rozšiřování EU a evropské instituce; německá zahraniční a domácí politika (zejména ve východních částech Německa).

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