CETA Collapses — Canadians Fly Home

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, also known as CETA, has collapsed; the Canadian trade minister Chrystia Freeland told journalists it was “impossible” to reconcile the differences with Wallonia and has returned to Canada. However, the President of the EU Parliament, Martin Schulz, said he was hopeful that a compromise could be found to clear


Top German Court OKs CETA Approval — With Strings Attached

As we reported on Tuesday last, the Second Senate of the Federal Constitutional Court has considered the objections of a coalition of activists including Mehr Demokratie, Campact and foodwatch, and over 125,000 citizens to the temporary implementation of CETA, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Europe and Canada. They’ve rejected the contention that it’s


German Constitutional Court To Decide On An Injunction Against CETA

CETA, the controversial trade agreement between the European Union and Canada has hit a roadblock in Germany, where the the Second Senate of the Federal Constitutional Court will conduct an oral hearing in the “CETA” proceedings on Wednesday, 12 October 2016 with regard to several applications for a preliminary injunction. A decision is expected to


New faces, same problems – RBS AGM 2016

May 5, 2016 Filing into the cavernous, purpose-built Gogarburn centre just outside of Edinburgh, it’s hard not to marvel at the arrogance of the RBS bank and its top management in the years that led to the crisis. The bank proved horrendously overexposed when the crisis hit, yet Fred “The Shred” Goodwin and his clique


The War on Cash

Banks, governments, credit card companies and fintech evangelists all want us to believe a cashless future is inevitable and good. But this isn’t a frictionless utopia says Brett Scott, and it’s time to fight back. 19th August 2016. Illustrations by Scott Garrett. Several months ago I stayed in an offbeat Amsterdam hotel that brewed its own beer but