• Book 10 Oct 2018

    The Language of World Trade Politics

    This edited collection puts the ideational foundation of world trade politics centre stage, and critically examines the terms in which we make sense of world trade politics.…
  • Commentary 30 Nov 2016

    The WTO Bicycle Is Falling Over and Needs a New Push

    Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States raises many question marks, among them the prospect of a rise in trade barriers and unilateral economic policies. But a glimpse at recent World Trade Organization (WTO) talks reveals that, with or without Trump, the political will to revive…
  • Commentary 13 Jan 2016

    TTIP vs. WTO: Who Sets Global Standards?

    By Clara Weinhardt, Fabian Bohnenberger
    The 10th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO), held in Nairobi in December 2015, yielded only limited results. While the United States and the European Union called for the conclusion of the so-called Doha negotiating round, developing and emerging countries expressed a…
  • Commentary 17 Dec 2015

    TTIP vs. WTO: Wer setzt globale Standards?

    By Clara Weinhardt, Fabian Bohnenberger
    Bei der derzeit stattfindenden WTO-Ministerkonferenz entscheidet die Weltgemeinschaft über die Doha-Runde: Die Erfolgsaussichten sind gering, denn die großen Industriemächte setzen lieber auf Freihandelsabkommen wie TTIP; Sozial- und Umweltstandards bleiben auf der Strecke, genauso wie…
  • Commentary 21 Aug 2015

    Risks of TTIP and TPP for Developing Countries

    By Clara Weinhardt, Fabian Bohnenberger
    The negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are changing the system of world trade. But the far-reaching implications for third-party states, particularly developing countries, remain hardly an issue in the public debate. TTIP…
  • Commentary 21 Aug 2015

    TTIP und TPP bergen Risiken für Dritte

    By Clara Weinhardt, Fabian Bohnenberger
    Das Thema Freihandel ist mit TTIP in der öffentlichen Debatte angekommen. Potenzielle Auswirkungen auf Drittstaaten und speziell Entwicklungsländer stellen dabei jedoch ein Randthema dar. Zu Unrecht – denn TTIP bedeutet eine Veränderung des Welthandelssystems, die auch für Entwicklungsländer…
  • Commentary 28 Apr 2015

    TTIP: How to Minimize Risks For Third Countries

    By Fabian Bohnenberger, Clara Weinhardt
    The proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will affect not only its negotiating partners – the European Union and the United States – but also these partners' trade relations with third countries. Preferential trade agreements like TTIP allow like-minded states to pursue…
  • Article 12 Feb 2015

    Relational Trust in International Cooperation: The Case of North-South Trade Negotiations

    The positive impact of trust on the willingness to cooperate has been widely recognised within social sciences. Trust, however, has not been adequately incorporated into the dominant paradigms on explaining international cooperation in international relations. This paper argues that in situations of…
  • Commentary 25 Nov 2014

    TTIP Should Be Open to Third Countries

    By Fabian Bohnenberger, Clara Weinhardt
    The European Union and the United States are currently negotiating a preferential trade agreement by way of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Bilateral or regional cooperation with like-minded partners allows states to pursue more ambitious plans for trade liberalization…
  • Commentary 12 Jun 2014

    EU-Africa: Trading Poverty Away?

    By Fabian Bohnenberger, Clara Weinhardt
    Political summits are known for sweeping declarations that are, more often than not, forgotten as soon as the ink is dry. The April 2014 EU-Africa summit, held in Brussels, appears to be no exception. Leaders from both sides unanimously proclaimed the need for a fundamental shift from aid to trade…
  • Commentary 09 Apr 2014

    EU-West Africa Trade Deal is Not Everybody’s Success Story

    On January 24, 2014, West African and European Commission negotiators reached agreement on all outstanding negotiating issues of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), thereby breaking an impasse that had persisted since 2007. The aim of the negotiations was to create a free trade area between…
  • Study 01 Sep 2013

    Berufliche Bildung in fragilen Kontexten

    Zusammenfassung Der globale Kontext ist durch eine zunehmende Zahl aufstrebender Volkswirtschaften und Staaten gekennzeichnet. Gleichzeitig ist eine signifikante Zahl von Staaten von Staatszerfall, Gewalt und Konflikten bedroht. Die Bedeutung dieser fragilen Staaten als Herausforderung und…