Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) finally debated the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations between the US and the EU from 7 to 8 July 2015. This post is based on my reading of the resolution text, official email reactions from German social-democrats and reactions from non-governmental organisations (NGOs). (more…)
In my neighbourhood the atmosphere is festive. And as a neighbour, I am sharing their happiness too. After years of gradual downslide into autocracy, Turkey has recently had elections (more here), where it seems everyone will have some degree of representation, from various political wings to diverse ethnic communities.
After a few days of celebration the new parliament (hopefully without any surprises) will have to face realities left from the previous one. (more…)
In the debate on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) all sides constantly refer to its consequences: some say there will be economic growth and wealth for both the European Union (EU) and the US which otherwise would not happen. Others warn that free trade would lead to genetically modified food swamping European supermarkets and cheap European tobacco tempting US consumers. But what is the basis of these claims? This post briefly introduces the publicly available sources for information on TTIP I know about. If you know more, please share your knowledge! (more…)
“We don’t want a dystopian future in which corporations and not democratically elected governments call the shots. We don’t want an international order akin to post-democracy or post-law.”
With these words the UK newspaper The Guardian quotes Mr. Alfred de Zayas in its article published on 4 May, 2015. Mr. de Zayas was talking about the dangers of mega trade deals, specifically about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) which is currently negotiated between the European Union (EU) and the United States of America (USA). Mr. de Zayas is not only a concerned citizen, but he spoke in his role as the United Nations’ Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order. Since May 2012, he researches on how democracy and equality between states can be furthered and reports to the Human Rights Council of the United Nations – the council where state representatives discuss human rights issues. Now, he has come to the conclusion that secretly negotiated trade deals threaten human rights. (more…)