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Slow-Moving EU 'Solvency' Negotiations Test Patience Of U.S. Insurance Industry

Patience is wearing thin within the United States' insurance industry -- with some companies contemplating the idea of retaliation against Germany -- as bilateral negotiations meant to ensure unfettered access to European Union insurance markets drag on.

Advocates Spy Opening For Some Republicans To Drop TPP Opposition, Back Deal In Lame-Duck

A number of pro-fast track House and Senate Republicans up for re-election this year came out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership after being hounded on the issue by their Democratic challengers, but some sources say those lawmakers left themselves enough wiggle room in their statements of opposition to vote in favor of the deal in a lame-duck session, provided improvements to the trade pact are made.

Obama To Push China At G20 For Commitments On Steel Overcapacity Cuts

President Obama will push China to cut its steel overcapacity during the G20 summit next week, an effort that may have implications when the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's steel committee meets two days later.

French Minister To Call For Suspension Of TTIP Negotiations At Upcoming Council

French Minister of State for Foreign Trade Matthias Fekl on Aug. 30 announced that the French government will officially request at least a temporary cessation of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations at the informal meeting of European Union trade ministers in Bratislava, Slovakia, on Sept. 22-23, according to a French embassy spokesman.

German Economics Minister Draws Contrast From Merkel In TTIP Criticism
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German economics minister Sigmar Gabriel in his criticism of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership appears to be seeking to distance himself from Chancellor Angela Merkel's government in hopes of improving his political party's position as well as his own standing ahead of the upcoming German elections.

German Economics Minister Draws Contrast With Merkel In TTIP Criticism
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German economics minister Sigmar Gabriel, in his criticism of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, appears to be seeking to distance himself from Chancellor Angela Merkel's government in hopes of improving his political party's position as well as his own standing ahead of the upcoming German elections.

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