The TTIP Is
07, 2016 "Information
Minister of Economy and Vice-Chancellor, Mr. Sigmar
Gabriel, a few days ago has declared that the
European Union should not submit to the demands of
the United States, referring to the negotiations on
the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investments
Partnership). He said the negotiations failed. By
saying so, he joined French Prime Minister, Manuel
Valls, as well as French Secretary of State for
External Trade, Mr. Matthias Fekl.
Negotiations started in 2013. After 14 ‘rounds’ of
talks dealing with 27 points, no agreement has been
reached, none whatsoever, leading to the conclusion
that the deal is dead. Even though Mme. Merkel
defended the treaty with all her heart up to the end
of July 2016, both Germany and France now request a
definite end to the negotiations.
collapse of the TTIP is one of the best news for
Europe – and I mean the people of Europe – in recent
times; an initiative of the two major players in the
EU. This decision has several meanings:
countries are gradually taking back their
sovereignty from Brussels and decide for themselves
what is good for them and for Europe;
2. With a
failed TTIP Europe escapes, or avoids, being
enslaved by US corporatism, financial institutions –
and US legislation;
3. Europe may
now continue making its proper policies on
socioeconomy, environment, food safety, agriculture
4. Europe is
now freer to pursue its own monetary policy. Under
the grip of the TTIP, it would have been difficult,
say impossible, to adopt a monetary policy outside
of the Euro which many countries would like, openly
or covertly – some without making a lot of noise for
fear of being ‘reprimanded’ by Brussels.
that authorities of both, France and Germany, stated
in unison that the negotiations failed, is a sign
that there is still a spirit of autonomy in Europe.
What is called ‘negotiations’ were never really
negotiations – a give and take between equal
partners. It was from the beginning a one-way
street, where the exceptional nation imposed its
rules. There was no way of getting the slightest
concession from them – not an iota.
Washington had no intention to share any of the
benefits of this ‘Free Trade Agreement’ with Europe.
The exceptional people wanted it all. For example,
the term ‘Appelation Contrôlée’ for wine and cheese
in France and other European countries, used to
protect the farmers of a given region – would have
disappeared. The US wanted everything to be open for
the ever dictating ‘market’. Nothing was to be
clearly defined, as far as Europe was concerned. No
transparence – just a vast base for cheating,
consumers and nations.
were held in top secret, behind closed doors. Not
even politicians, let alone the public at large
which eventually would have had to bear the
consequences of the deal, had access to the
documents being ‘negotiated’. – It showed the
Machiavellian nature of empire at its best.
very well why they were not even interested in
participating in the TPP (Transpacific Partnership),
a similar trade agreement with eleven Pacific
nations and the US.
recall the key point that would have meant disaster
- A private
corporate tribunal that would have had supremacy
over sovereign government legislation. For example,
the tribunal could have imposed ‘sanctions’ or fines
on governments, whose legislation, say for health,
environmental protection and other social reasons,
would have reduced corporations’ profit margins.
- Similar in
the banking sector, monetary policy would have been
firmly dictated by the FED, Wall Street (i.e.
Goldman Sachs – see Greece and the head of the ECB,
a former GS exec) and the European Central Bank.
This for now is still the case, but with an
unsustainable and unreformable EU and Euro, both are
destined to disappear sooner or later. It is likely
that many countries are already quietly and
clandestinely arranging for “Plan B” – preparing
exit strategies. Indeed, since BREXIT, there are
numerous political movements to this effect under
way – and this not only in the most devastatingly
affected southern European countries, but also in
policy would have been dictated by Washington,
especially with regard to GMOs and ag-subsidies.
Monsanto and the like would have had free access to
all of Europe, and none of the EU members could have
passed legislation prohibiting genetically modified
for health and nutrition would have been imposed by
Washington, i.e. by the Food and Drug
Administration (FDA). Most of these standards are
considerably weaker than European equivalents,
potentially exposing European citizens to greater
health risks than current EU standards foresee.
- Labor laws
would have been weakened in according to US
standards which foresee virtually no protection for
workers. The Brussels imposed new labor law in
France, dubbed as the ‘El Khomri law’, after the
French Minister of Labor, Myriam El Khomri,
would reduce significantly French labor rights,
fought for and attained with decades of efforts –
literally sweat and tears – by French workers and
unions. The new French labor law, signed as a decree
by PM Manuel Valls under a dubious special provision
in the Constitution (instead of being passed through
Parliament), was a precursor for things to come in
the rest of Europe – had the TTIP gone forward. This
controversial law is currently at the demand of more
than 60 French Parliamentarians being reviewed by
the French Conseil d’Etat (equivalent to
other countries’ Supreme Court) and may quite
possibly be either canceled or sent to Parliament
for a decision. Now that the TTIP is dead, it is
possible that the law will be repealed.
The day the
TTIP died was a great day for Europe. Although
Europe is far from being out of the woods. Her own
problems keep piling up, many of them also a direct
or indirect consequence of empire.
just a few –
immigration from US-NATO war-destroyed
never ending financial cum economic
complete absence of solidarity among EU nations;
lack of EU countries’ sovereignty; the missing
EU Constitution giving member countries a common
perspective and political agenda;
increasing (‘false flag’) terror attacks
throughout Europe; – and not least NATO – which
through its aggression towards Russia is
increasingly becoming a risk of war – of WWIII –
that would for the third time in 100 years
the rest of the world would very likely not be
spared. Many countries are conscious of this danger
and would like to get out of NATO, but don’t dare
say so, because of fear from the boots of
the death of the TTIP will bring a new breeze of
fresh air and ideas into European sovereignty.
article is in part based on an TV debate sponsored
by PressTV, French Edition.