The announcement earlier this year that the US and the EU will launch talks on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership has once more drawn attention to the continuing surge in regional free-trade agreements. Given the lack of progress in the Doha round of multilateral trade talks, most countries have turned their attention to such regional trade-liberalisation initiatives.
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Trade agreements seem to be getting deeper, intruding on policy areas that were traditionally viewed as matters of purely national concern (WTO 2011, 2012). This differs considerably from the WTO’s original focus on protectionism (Lester 2013).
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