Energy and investment protection proving tricky issues in trade talks

Trade negotiators from the European Union and the United States will next week swiftly move their attention away from multilateral talks in Bali towards a bilateral transatlantic deal.

Estimates suggest that the centrepiece of ongoing talks (3-6 December) in the World Trade Organization – an agreement on trade facilitation – could boost global trade by €50 billion a year. This is dwarfed by the projected benefits of a transatlantic trade deal for the EU (€119bn) and the US (€95bn).

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