All leaders tacitly defend the TTIP as a source of growth and employment for the two great world economic blocs.
It is exactly that very fact that has made millions of people in Europe and the United States reject the TTIP and the TPP. In general terms, what is good for the globalists is bad for the people and vice-versa.
Rejection of the TTIP and the TPP is blamed on Nationalism and protectionism as if those two words were synonymous with something bad. No one who understands free trade, real free trade, would support neither the TTIP nor the TPP.
The People have already decided it is not for them, yet their leaders in the EU and America continue to keep the trade agreements alive. Discussions continue to be held and secret meetings continue to take place.
Diplomatic sources believe the two blocs, the American and European pawns, believe it is now or never. The TTIP must be pushed through before the American general election, just in case Donald Trump is elected the next president of the United States.
Trump has denounced globalism and globalist pacts such as the TTIP, the TPP, NAFTA and CAFTA, which are responsible for the destruction of the American manufacturing economy while enabling modern slavery all over the third world.
Convinced that the TTIP will die if the Republican candidate, Donald Trump, wins the US election on November 8, political representatives want to step on the gas this fall.
If the winner is Hillary Clinton, interest in the pact will remain, say these sources, but the scenario is very uncertain. Clinton publicly changed her mind about the TTIP.
Clinton is a firm supporter of fake free trade, as it is being done now, and was a supporter of the TPP and TTIP until Trump’s statements on trade magically made her change her mind, at least for now.
It is likely that, if elected president, Clinton will endorse the TTIP and do everything in her hands to pass it in the United States.
Meanwhile, rising populist leaders strongly oppose the agreement in many Western countries, including the United States.
Critical voices are becoming stronger even in moderate formations. And several electoral events on the horizon, in Europe and the US, complicate the scenario even more for those who seek to destroy nation-States.
In France, socialists shy away from the TTIP because much of their base rejects it as the country moves towards the presidential election of 2017. The same is taking place in Germany, where the rejection of the agreement is also strong as legislative elections are also around the corner.
Brussels and Washington concluded a round of negotiations in mid-July, although progress has been rather limited. Even European negotiators rejected many American policies that would open Europe to tons of GMO contaminated food products, among other things.
The head of the EU, Ignacio Garcia Bercero, a negotiator of the TTIP considered “a matter of grave concern” the lack of progress in one of the chapters that interest the EU: access by European companies to public procurement in the United States.
“It is important that the two world blocks show that they are able to reach an agreement on the international chessboard,” he said. Such negotiations would mark positions for example against China, with which the relationship is proving difficult,” argues Inmaculada Rodríguez-Piñero, an alleged expert in international trade.
Despite defending the general framework, Rodríguez-Piñero warns: “We cannot sign an agreement if the positions remain the same with respect to government procurement.”
The position of the European Parliament is crucial because their vote is mandatory for the approval of the agreement.
Political leaders try to spin a counternarrative to try to neutralize the social response to numerous treaty organizations that have warned of the risk that Europe cut its regulatory standards if it homogenizes it with the Americans.
Secretary of State, John Kerry, announced his intention to visit Europe in the coming weeks to raise awareness of the benefits of TTIP.
The European Commission, responsible for negotiating the agreement, alleges that the agreement would benefit 600,000 small and medium-sized European companies already exporting to the United States.
The EC insists that there will be no reduction of environmental standards for work or food at the community if the common framework is adopted.
Still, the odds of the TTIP failing now seem to be greater than before. Britain’s decision to leave the EU, has exploded in the middle of negotiations and although its exit won’t be made effective immediately, it is deemed to seriously affect the approval of TTIP.
Right now, 25% of US exports go to British territory, a very significant percentage would be out of any settlement or negotiation between Brussels and Washington. If anything, Washington would need to negotiate with Britain in a bilateral basis.
Desperation to keep the agreement alive led a high Community position to propose that London also take part in it, as an external partner, once out of the Union. But no one accepted such an idea.
Autumn will have several key situations that will determine the future of TTIP. Trade ministers will meet on September 23 in Bratislava, Slovakia, to define their level of agreement to continue negotiating the details of TTIP.
Days before that meeting, several citizens’ groups attempted to neutralize the official speeches with a series of demonstrations in Germany. A few weeks later, the Heads of State and Government will address the issue at the October summit.
Also for that month it is scheduled the next round of negotiations between Europe and the United States. The last, predictably, under Obama mandate.