The EU's new Free Trade deal - a full frontal attack on democracy?
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The “Transatlantic Free-Trade Agreement”, or “Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership”, (TAFTA/TTIP) has recently concluded its second round of week-long negotiations, resulting in significant progress towards finalising the terms of the agreement. TAFTA is an economic agreement between the EU and North America whose main aim to make trade between these nations even easier. It is understandable to assume however, that had there been more unprejudiced, thorough, transparent coverage of the negotiations and treaty as a whole, public outrage would have resulted in setbacks to the negotiations, and things would not be running as smoothly as they currently are. For the large part, the implications of such a hugely significant agreement have not been explored, and the lack of publication and coverage by mainstream media is rather worrying to say the least. Other than heralding the “key prizes” as being more jobs in Europe, and more growth – both of which are highly contestable – information from those involved in the talks has been somewhat restricted, and this was done intentionally as the negotiations are purposely not for public ears. It looks like someone doesn’t want to draw attention to themselves. For a treaty that holds its main “prize and purpose” as creating jobs and growth in an economic zone desperately looking for its knight in shining armour, it seems strange that this knight is too shy to proclaim its coming to save us… or maybe this hero has something else in mind? “Let's keep our eye on the prize: more jobs for people in Europe, more growth for the European economy” – a direct quote from the EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht has underlining disastrous tones, for me at least. I read it as “tough concessions will have to be made, painful decisions and policies will go through that may be disastrous for not only local businesses, communities or individuals, but for democracy as well”.
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