Author Archive: Redaktion

New Factsheet: Ruthless exploitation in the raw materials sector: How corporations are using the investment court system to enforce their interests

Our new factsheet: “Ruthless exploitation in the raw materials sector: How corporations are using the investment court system to enforce their interests” is all about investors suing the state.
It explores the roots of the investor-state dispute settlement systems – as a mechanism protecting colonial investments from expropriation- and traces its development until today. But the paper also takes a …

CETA and public health: “The unhealthy side effects of CETA”

CETA and public health: “The unhealthy side effects of CETA”

We are glad that the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) has added an additional chapter to our main
publication Making Sense of CETA II which was published in 2016. In this chapter, the authors Zoltán Massay-Kosubek and George Thurley
explore the possible damages CETA threatens to inflict to public health.…

Factsheet: We make the rules! How the EU intervenes in the sovereign fiscal policy of resource-rich countries

Raw materials, including raw materials for energy production, as well as semi-finished products, and components make up two thirds of all EU imports; more than half of these imports are transported to Germany. Germany’s status as ‘export world champion’ means that it relies on imports, including those of ferrous raw materials. In fact, Germany is particularly dependent on imports of …

Policy Paper Working Group on Raw Materials: Towards a Democratic and Globally Just Resource Policy

The Federal Republic of Germany depends on the import of metallic, mineral and fossil fuel resources. The extraction of these raw materials takes place at the expense of the environment and leads to human rights violations. The German Federal Government does not take these consequences adequately into account. Instead, it supports the industry because of concerns around security of supply.…

EU: Conflict Minerals agreement reached as exemptions added

The European Union (EU) has today taken a positive, but half-hearted, step towards cleaning up Europe’s trade in minerals. EU legislators concluded their negotiations on a new law on so-called ‘conflict minerals’—a Regulation which is meant to ensure that minerals entering the EU do not finance conflict or human rights violations. Certain EU companies will, for the first time, be …