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Mil Arcega
April 23, 2015 10:08 PM
The proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership would cut tariffs, standardize regulations and give American companies direct access to Europe. Many Democrats and labor activists see the deal as a threat to safety standards and wages, but proponents of liberalized trade with Europe say the U.S. cannot afford to be left behind. VOA's Mil Arcega reports.
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Video Does US Need Free-Trade Deal With Europe?

The proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership would cut tariffs, standardize regulations and give American companies direct access to Europe. Many Democrats and labor activists see the deal as a threat to safety standards and wages, but proponents of liberalized trade with Europe say the U.S. cannot afford to be left behind. VOA's Mil Arcega reports.
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Video US Businesses See Cuba as New Frontier

The Obama administration's opening toward Cuba is giving U.S. companies hope they'll be able to do business in Cuba despite the continuation of the U.S. economic embargo against the communist nation. Some American companies have been able to export some products to Cuba, but the recent lifting of Cuba's terrorism designation could relax other restrictions. As VOA's Daniela Schrier reports, corporate heavy hitters are lining up to head across the Florida Straits - though experts urge caution.
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Video Online Handcraft Seller Has Unprecedented IPO Success

A U.S.-based online handcrafts and antiques seller has had unprecedented success since it went public last week. Although Etsy's stock prices have declined since the initial excitement, the New-York based start-up is showing resilience. Zlatica Hoke looks into circumstances that may help the online company survive and maybe even thrive.
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Video US Business, Labor Spar on 'Fast Track' for Pacific Trade Bloc

America’s top business advocate and its biggest labor boss sparred Tuesday over proposed “fast track” legislation to facilitate the formation and approval of a 12-nation Pacific trading bloc. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, debate erupted at the Senate Finance committee over Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) that would subject the Trans-Pacific Partnership to up-or-down congressional votes with no amendments allowed.
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Video Fast Track Trade Bill Opens Economic, Political Divisions

U.S. lawmakers agreed on draft legislation this week to give the White House “fast track” authority to negotiate a free trade deal with Pacific nations. If approved, the bill gives lawmakers the authority to set trade objectives, but limits their ability to make changes once agreement is reached. Trade officials say the bill would help President Barack Obama realize his so called “Asia pivot,” but as Mil Arcega reports, it also sets the stage for economic and political divisions at home.

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