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‘Transatlantic Partnership’ intended to duplicate secret Trans-Pacific Partnership

category international | eu | other press author Wednesday February 27, 2013 21:01author by Systemic Disorder Report this post to the editors

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, an 11-country trade negotiation intended to go well beyond existing trade regimes, appears to the be model for proposed United States–European Union trade agreement.

Neoliberalism knows no borders, so perhaps it should not come as a bolt out of the blue that the United States and European Union are set to negotiate a “Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.”

It might be thought that the Obama administration would have its hands full with the ongoing, top-secret Trans-Pacific Partnership talks, but it seems that much can be done in the absence of any pesky oversight. It might be thought that European Union officials would have their hands full with their series of financial crises, but it appears this is an irresistible opportunity to safeguard austerity.

Ah, can’t you just imagine corporate leaders sitting around a camp fire singing, “We are all the Cayman Islands now.” Surely they would be jolly folks and allow the political leaders who so graciously granted their wishes seats close to the fire.

This dystopia is sponsored by the usual corporate organizations. The trans-Atlantic trade agreement evaded all radar until U.S. President Barack Obama’s announcement in his State of the Union address but had been in the works for more than a year. To the applause of business groups on both sides of the Atlantic.

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author by Crazy Catpublication date Fri Jan 31, 2014 10:25Report this post to the editors

Questions for European members of parliment

An excellent interview from France Culture, with Raoul-Marc Jennar, ( in French ) , with all you need to know, thats rotten to the core, in this Transatlantic free trade area (TAFTA)

http://www.franceculture.fr/emission-terre-a-terre-peri...01-18

 
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