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TTIP Update XLVI

ComputerWorldUK - There are *already* more than €30 billion worth of ISDS claims against EU nations.

Not much has been happening on the TTIP front during the holiday break, but there's one extremely important report that came out a little earlier that I'd like to explore in this update. It's called "The hidden cost of EU trade deals: Investor-state dispute settlement cases taken against EU member states", and has been put together by Friends of the Earth Europe. As that title makes clear, it's about an aspect of the ISDS mechanism that has so far been overlooked: the fact that the EU has *already* suffered as a result of the inclusion of ISDS in other agreements. As such, they give a foretaste of what's likely to happen if ISDS is included in TTIP (and CETA):