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What Would a Free Trade Agreement with the EU Look Like?


In his 2013 State of the Union Address (SOTU), President Obama announced that the U.S. would soon begin talks on a “Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership”—in other words, the U.S. will begin negotiating a “free trade agreement” (FTA) with the European Union (EU).

What would a trade agreement with Europe mean for America's working families?  Well, as with all trade agreements, it depends—specifically, it depends on the rules for trade and investment that are included in the agreement.  If the agreement focuses on reducing tariffs, it could indeed facilitate trade and perhaps even create jobs.  But if...