Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström has invested a good deal of her political capital in trying to convince the doubtful member states, hesitant MEPs and fiercely opposed NGOs that the reformed investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism deserves its place in the currently negotiated EU-US free trade agreement, known as Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

But it seems that the charm offensive she launched earlier this year has failed to convince some of her colleagues in the Commission.

According to an…