The US offers safe havens to criminals using secret shell companies. Recent scandals are pushing Congress to act, but reforms are opposed by lawyers and by the states that profit from selling secrecy.
While trade negotiators insist TTIP talks will continue as planned, critics of the deal are pushing for a change in direction.
TTIP’s fate remains unclear, but the EU continues to press for changes that could harm local governments and drug safety in the US.
Can one of the Administration’s top officials — the person who defends its trade secrets — also serve as its “Transparency Officer?” Openness advocates don’t think so.
Leaked trade document alarms public health, consumer and environmental activists on both sides of the Atlantic. Document shocks the conscience, says one.