Marilyn Geewax http://aspenpublicradio.org en Obama Wants To Sell Exports To Asia, But Critics Aren't Buying http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/obama-wants-sell-exports-asia-critics-arent-buying Next week, President Obama is going to Asia, where he'll talk up a proposed deal to increase U.S. trade with that region.<p>If he succeeds, he could open up huge new markets for U.S. farmers and manufacturers, strengthen U.S. influence in Asia and set a path to greater prosperity.<p>At least, that's what the White House says.<p>Critics say that cheery outlook is all wrong. They believe the <a href="http://www.ustr.gov/tpp">Trans-Pacific Partnership</a> would lead to environmental harm, more expensive prescription drugs and a less open Internet. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:40:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 17209 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Obama Wants To Sell Exports To Asia, But Critics Aren't Buying Frustrated With Congress, IMF Heads Leave D.C. With Budding Idea http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/frustrated-congress-imf-heads-leave-dc-budding-idea As far as looks go, Washington turned in a dazzling performance as host city for this past week's meetings at the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.<p>Cherry blossoms peaked, tulips popped, and the air carried the sweet scent of hyacinths.<p>But politics-wise, Washington let down its global guests. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:41:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 16960 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Frustrated With Congress, IMF Heads Leave D.C. With Budding Idea German Fears About U.S. Spying Could Hurt Trade Deal http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/german-fears-about-us-spying-could-hurt-trade-deal Most Americans and Germans agree: More trade between the United States and the European Union would be a good idea.<p>But when you get down to details of a possible trade pact, suspicions pop up, <a href="http://www.pewglobal.org/2014/04/09/support-in-principle-for-u-s-eu-trade-pact/">according to a new poll conducted by the Pew Research Center</a> in association with Germany's Bertelsmann Foundation.<p>"There is a lot of fear" now in Europe about how much Americans might pry into Europeans' lives if they could impose their more relaxed privacy standards on the EU, Aart De Geus, CEO of the Ber Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:38:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 16855 at http://aspenpublicradio.org German Fears About U.S. Spying Could Hurt Trade Deal Wonk Week In Washington: When Briefings Are Better Than Blossoms http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/wonk-week-washington-when-briefings-are-better-blossoms Let the senior-citizen tourists stare at the fluffy pink cherry blossoms.<p>Let the Midwestern seventh-graders tilt their heads back and gaze gape-mouthed at the Washington Monument.<p>Sure, this is a lovely week for them to be in Washington, D.C. It's April. It's gorgeous.<p>But no one is happier to be here this week than the wonks. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:49:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 16819 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Wonk Week In Washington: When Briefings Are Better Than Blossoms Turmoil in Ukraine Clouds The Region's Economic Outlook http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/turmoil-ukraine-clouds-regions-economic-outlook When Americans envision the European economy, they may think of modern factories churning out sleek German cars and chocolatiers perfecting Belgian truffles.<p>That developed part of Europe is perking up. <a href="http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/survey/so/2014/RES040814A.htm">The International Monetary Fund said this week</a> that, coming out of a crushing recession, Eurozone growth should be around 1.2 percent - sluggish but steady this year.<p>Another part of the continent, however, is anything but steady these days. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 22:09:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 16794 at http://aspenpublicradio.org