- Published on Saturday, 20 December 2014 12:05
Yesterday was marked in Brussels with demonstrations against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), also known as TAFTA (TransAtlantic Free Trade Agreement). Farmers and trade unionists planned to encircle the meeting of 28 European leaders discussing the agreement but they'd left a day early. The protest went ahead anyway, bringing the city to a standstill.
The few mainstream reports predictably rehearsed the claimed benefit of the proposed treaty, economic growth. But as we know, even the EU's own projections for increased GDP, amount to very little per person. Against which our leaders are trading away health, social and environmental protections while handing over the last vestiges of democracy to corporations and our justice system to corporate lawyers through the mechanism of Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS).
People across Europe (and beyond) will be adversely affected by this and other trade agreements (CETA, TiSA, TPP and more) and need to unite to face down this threat to our future. TTIP/TAFTA is bringing together campaigns and groups to stop this agreement. An alliance of nearly 300 European organisations is running a self-organised European Citizens’ Initiative against TTIP and CETA (ECI) which has gathered over 1.2 million signatures in support so far.
Imagine the possibility to change the world if we unite against the root cause of these abusive, anti-democratic trade agreements, the structural flaws in political economy.