The United States and European Union agreed on Friday to work “full throttle” to secure the world’s biggest-ever free trade deal despite growing skepticism on both sides of the Atlantic.
Negotiators ended an eighth set of talks on the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Pact, or TTIP, which after nearly two years remains bogged down by activist opposition. They agreed to hold two more rounds of talks before summer, one of them in April the other later in the first half of the year, chief EU negotiator Ignacio Garcia Bercero said.
“We have received a clear instruction to intensify our talks and to make as much progress as possible this year,” he told a news conference in Brussels after five days of talks. Click here to read more.