TTIP: Winning Back Trust
TTIP: Winning Back Trust

The EU Commission should take concrete steps to address the public’s concerns

by Claudia Schmucker | Europe, Free Trade

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, if signed, would create the world’s largest economic zone. But its supporters face a credibility problem: ever more Europeans, especially Germans, see in TTIP a threat to their way of life, and to democracy – a “secret treaty” that protects corporate interests while undermining high European standards for the environment, health and consumer protection. Here are five issues the EU Commission and German government must address to win back public trust.

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