If successfully concluded, the EU-US free trade pact would be the largest the world has ever seen. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Pact (TTIP) is a free trade agreement currently being negotiated between the European Union and the United States. Proponents say TTIP would bring jobs and growth to both economies, while critics argue that TTIP will only benefit corporations and will weaken the ability of governments to regulate markets.

What do our readers think? We had a comment sent in from Siegfried, who was concerned that European negotiators must get the best deal possible with the United States, one that respects consumer protection and labour rights. But what would such a deal look like in practice?

What would YOUR ideal EU-US trade deal look like? We asked Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from all sides of the political spectrum to stake out their positions on this question, and it’s up to YOU to vote for the policies you favour. See what the different MEPs have to say, then vote at the bottom of this debate for the one you most agree with! Take part in the vote below and tell us who YOU support in the European Parliament!

Radical Left
Anne-Marie Mineur (European Left), Member of the Committee on International Trade:
Ska Keller (Vice-Chair of the Group of the Greens), Member of the Committee on International Trade:


The challenge with TTIP is that it would not only have huge impacts on our consumer and social standards, but also on the way culture is promoted in Europe. In the US most cultural events are privately funded, whereas in Europe, the state ensures the existence of a diverse landscape. TTIP threatens state subsidies for culture, because they are an obstacle to the free market access of US companies. We need to maintain cultural diversity and we do not need it to be the victim of TTIP.

Liberal Democrats
Marietje Schaake (ALDE), Member of the Committee on International Trade:

SchaakeA trade deal between the EU and the US must strengthen the global, rules-based system, and set global standards on the area of human and worker’s rights, consumer protection and the environment. For Europe, it is crucial that TTIP provides European companies, especially SMEs, more access to the American market, which is still closed in some areas. The US should also be more fair, or reciprocal, when it comes to procurement. A trade agreement must also look to the future. It needs to foster innovation and stimulate the trade and development of new and green technology. In the end, the most important aspect is that TTIP must create tangible results for citizens on both sides of the Atlantic. An ideal outcome would be a win-win.

Centre Right
Iuliu Winkler (EPP), Vice-Chair of the Committee on International Trade:

winklerI think the ideal trade deal with the United States would serve the interests of all the stakeholders. I mean, and I understand under stakeholders, of course, first of all European citizens, but also European consumers, European companies, and generally speaking European interests. Because we are not speaking only about economies and trade, we are speaking also about geopolitics, and we are speaking about who will shape the ongoing process of globalisation. And, of course, I think that this ideal trade deal should serve also citizens and consumers on the other side of the Atlantic; American industry, research and innovation, and in general I would say that this trade deal should serve the interests of Western civilization and Western society in a global contest which is not easy at all, which is a very sharp and very complicated global contest.

Jan Zahradil (ECR), Vice-Chair of the Committee on International Trade:
Tiziana Beghin (EFD), Member of the Committee on International Trade:

ITMy ideal world is a world where we don’t have competitiveness. Instead, I think we have to move to a world that is more about ‘convergence’ than ‘competitiveness’. Instead of a ‘win-lose’ paradigm, where we always have to fight and where one partner is unsuccessful, we must try to move to a new world, a new way of life, where we are more convergent; we should move to a ‘win-win’ paradigm. And this is also the case in trade, because we always have competition, and we constantly sacrifice our trade partners, for example, to focus on another partner that is more strategic, but we don’t think about the people that are affected by these changes.

Curious to learn more about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Pact (TTIP)? We’ve put together some facts and figures in the infographic below (click for a bigger image):

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  1. avatar
    Evangelos Koumentakos

    Thank God we have free market in Europe because otherwise one could think we are being herded like national consumers. ….wtf

    • avatar
      Anita L. White

      Yes and we want to keep it this way “……. No to TTIP

  2. avatar
    J M Perz Gnlz

    Why are you so pro-NATO? Please, stop being United States’ prostitute. Also, EU MEPs failed, EU Comission failed, European Council failed, ECB failed, Euro failed. You are not anymore trusted to govern us.

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      EU reform- proactive

      ……………….sing along & clap your hands please………..and so say all of us, and so say all of us, since he a jolly good fellow…………don’t let me write it- you know the song!

  3. avatar
    Ivan Burrows


    When all talks are conducted in secret and the people are excluded asking us a question on TTIP is pointless.

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      James Campbell

      I agree. I am opposed to TTIP first of all on this basis. It was only when ISDS proposals were leaked that the EU halted negotiations to consult the member states and peoples on this issue.

      My best guess and worst fear is that TTIP will benefit multi-nationals most, and individuals and small businesses least. In England, we are also concerned that the adoption of TTIP will mean that no UK government will be able to prevent the privatisation of the National Health Service.

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      EU reform- proactive

      Some more please:……………………”which nobody can deny. For he’s a jolly good fellow, For he’s a jolly good fellow…”

      Please sing along: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ieCUL0OFDw

    • avatar
      James Campbell

      What’s your point EU Reform-Proactive? Despite your impressive-sounding name, you don’t seem to have made any real point so far.

    • avatar
      EU reform- proactive

      James, my points are on record ( should you care to check) and don’t need to be repeated over & over- whenever the DE invites everyone to another (stale) fishing trip!

    • avatar
      EU reform- proactive

      @ James Campbell- hi there again- need some more assistance & must I make another point?

      Frequent commentators on this forum know each other through their ongoing expressed opinions and by creating an either memorable or less memorable impression & “profile”! Since my impression seems to have escaped your memory (less “memorable”- shame!)- it’s reason may either be my postings are boring or that your postings & visits are infrequent. You might unknowingly be too isolated & possessed from/on your island and overly concerned about your entity and not the EU as a whole- consisting of 27 other Members. Does such eagerness maybe blur some British minds? Hope not!

      In it’s 196 comments section on “Is TTIP really a threat to democracy, or are opponents exaggerating?”- I might have missed a James Campbell- not a “frequent flyer” like Ivan Burrows- but if you’re interested you could find my comment and satisfy your concern about me- which is rather unnecessary!

  4. avatar
    Carolina Muro Rosa

    Bar all GMs products and seeds, no power over governments for corporations, no loss of employment for Europe (right now studies point out that Europe would loose jobs for US).

  5. avatar
    Darin Attard

    In simple words and real impact – marketization of GMO products with no information on them, the implementation of deadly pesticides like roundup and the use of seeds exclusively engineered by monsanto. The information provided by the EU, to which I voted for, will be a trade agreement with reduced tariff information and technical jargon to deceive.

  6. avatar
    Rene Jochems

    more trade means more transport, more pollution, … and why? European companies have over 500 million customers here: isn’t that enough to get rid of their stuff?

  7. avatar
    EU reform- proactive

    Sorry, I cannot vote since a vote would give dignity to these questions, the whole system, the EU, their architects and their apparatchiks- EU- you are fired!

  8. avatar
    catherine benning


    I vote for the EU to remain outside of any ‘Trade Deal with the USA.’ No to TTIP and no to anything connected to it or to the USA.

    Out of NATO and O upgrade of nuclear weapons.

  9. avatar
    Chema Carrasco

    Let me have a look at the TTIP deal first so I can give a qualified opinion. Oh wait… It’s not accesible!

  10. avatar
    Antonio Pinto Caldeira

    No deal of this magnitude should be approved without popular consultation. This TTIP deal is a coup against our individual choices. We don’t trust those dealing in secrecy. Stop TTIP!

  11. avatar
    Joey Stack

    TTIP is a joke; we will also lose even more control of national services and products that have served us perfectly well for centuries, just so the EU and U.S. Fat cats can make a quick profit. Get us out now! #voteNO #brexit

  12. avatar
    Yordan Vasilev

    Please, make the contract, but remember, that one earns the deal only.

    • avatar
      EU reform- proactive

      No, Njet, publish ALL first- than ask all voters by way of referendum.
      Beware- the above option to vote is booby trapped!

    • avatar
      EU reform- proactive

      …………………to be found at your next local election- and don’t forget please!

  13. avatar
    Maia Alexandrova

    American companies are unscrupulous, they don’t care about people, only about money. They destroy natural environments, sell products that make people ill or die, as long as this brings them profit. Now Europe is preparing to open its doors to those predators? Can’t we see what they have done on the American continent, in Africa and Asia? Only destruction and poverty in the name of profit. No, thank you, I don’t want Europe to fall in this trap! NO TTIP whatsoever! There is no way to reason with hungry sharks as all they want is to eat you! These negotiations remind me a little about the numerous treaties that USA signed with the native Americans in the last 300 years and subsequently violated all of them, taking what it wanted anyway!

    • avatar
      EU reform- proactive

      and again:……………………”which nobody can deny. For he’s a jolly good fellow, For he’s a jolly good fellow…”


  14. avatar
    Marco Peel

    Secret Negotiations are incompatible with Democracy or Free Trade. And there is no such thing as Free Trade unless it is also Fair, something everyone seems to conveniently ignore.

  15. avatar
    Ioanna Geor

    The ideal trade is one that doesn’t hurt citizens’ freedom. Wait, did we ever have a deal like that???

  16. avatar
    Mike Oxlittle

    It’s hard to see what the E.U delegation can do here.Remember they are negotiating with the most powerful nation and the largest economy on earth.In fact take Germany out of the equation and the E.U hardly classes as a trading block at all.I think we’re going to have to face the fact that we need a trade deal with the U.S far more than they need one with us.

    • avatar
      catherine benning

      @ Mike Oxlittle.

      You are quite wrong, it is the other way around. The US is desperate for a deal with any trading block, which is why they are begging around the planet constantly.

      All they have left as an economy is their military war machine. Selling arms and the means to kill is all they have as a means of feeding their population. They are a sham that is as backward as the days of the Knights of Arthur, only without the moral depth. It is a spent force constantly looking for women to save them.

  17. avatar
    Yannick Cornet

    Every free trade agreement should come with a freedom of movement agreement. Failing to do so is just plain wrong, and opens the door the exploitation. We should know better in Europe.

    • avatar
      Limbidis Adrian


  18. avatar
    Paulo Especial

    Each side protects it’s own until a certain limit and taxes the other until an equivalent of it’s own if possible.

  19. avatar
    Robbie Thorne

    If this passes, it’s going to be a massive step in the wrong direction for the planet. We need solutions to our problems, not spreading and empowering the cause.

  20. avatar
    Marco Marazzi

    Can’t wait for it to be signed, it’s going to be good for the economy on both sides of the Atlantic.

    • avatar
      Limbidis Adrian

      If you are in the top 1%

  21. avatar
    Ariste Arvanitides

    No trade deal — just simple supply and demand on a competition basis. Besides TTIP is not a trade thing at all, it is a control thing for the largest corporations.

  22. avatar
    Limbidis Adrian

    I don”‘t believe it.
    I actually AGREE with the eurosceptic position.

    This we win they lose idiocy must go!
    No more competition but more cooperation.

  23. avatar
    James Campbell

    There’s a cultural issue here too : while in Europe, countries have traded with each other for centuries and, much more so recently, the USA is a trading area of a similar size but mono-cultural. If European companies look set to make big inroads into US markets, they can expect a popular backlash, including boycotts. The reverse is unlikely in most EU countries. Whilst ostensibly a deal to benefit both trading blocs, US companies are more likely in practice to be able to exploit the new trading freedoms.

    And by the way, where will the extra money come from to benefit us all? Probably from developing countries who will lose out, relatively speaking.

  24. avatar
    EU reform- proactive

    EU common Trade (past blocks like EWG/EFTA/EEC) is welcome, an originally accepted aim, essential & the lifeblood of our economy to guarantee our well being in most respects. However, since the details remain a secrete to (most of) us, one has no option as to remain very critical, suspicious & believe that the TTIP deal contains several severe hidden risks long term, outweighing its advantages in social & monetary terms to benefit all Europeans to maintain their advantages.

    The US economy is a predatory one, the largest, the smartest, in the pockets of corporation & politicians and sold to economic models, like the “Modernization and Dependency theories”, “Free World Trade”, the “World Systems Theory”, the “Shock Doctrine”, “Disaster Capitalism”- everything that creates “free flows” & maximizes profit! Us folks, or the majorities only benefit from some ‘spillage’ or trickling down- greed takes only prisoners!

    Loads of statistics tell us, that the EU28 is so far the biggest exporter to the US, thereafter to China & to Russia- maintaining a positive trade balance with the US of ~105,600 mio‎€- the biggest after Switzerland with 43,700 mio‎€ and the UAE’s 34,600 mio‎€!

    One has to assume the US is in hot pursuit to reverse such difference by all they have at their disposal- usually by hook & by crook (called “fair trade’- to hold everyone, including our sovereign governments liable to sue for loss of profits in US courts). Further, the US will reach TOTAL oil independence soon and that will result in an up to 25% competitive advantage- reserves which the EU will never have! Except Russia becomes part of the EU! Result of such “comparative advantage” could be the relocation of (“free flow”) European industry to the US. If that happens, Europe could remain with a huge unemployment pool, aggravated by up to 5-10 mio new Arab & African immigrants – setting the EU back to a “developing nation status”.

    One need to realize that the biggest trade deal on earth is difficult to comprehend, very complicated & not a sentimental or “CULTURAL” issue- but a damn serious cut throat business- enabling the 1% to “enslave” or tighten their bondage over the majority of us as “consumers”. Should the 1% be able to trick us like with the “EU CONCEPT” – than the present immigration tsunami was planned & part of their “SHOCK DOCTRINE & the puzzle completed. And so, they lived happy ever after!

  25. avatar
    Amar Jasika

    For the TTIP, but with laws protecting domestic product and minimum of 40% of domestic products on national shelves, and only accepted without ISDS.

  26. avatar
    Better Finance

    Better Finance would rather see an ICS of last resort. In the case of investor abuse, Better Finance believes local court systems are best placed to provide adequate redress. Even when investors are denied access to the local judicial system, a state-to-state dispute settlement system that can address the investment barrier would be much preferable to ICS. Get involve in our efforts! http://bit.ly/1P7RWoL

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      EU reform- proactive

      Interesting! Thank you BF for shedding some light on the “going on” with ISDS. Just some dumb questions from me- to you as specialists in the risk assessment field:

      Investors are always exposed to all kind of risks- (planning & comprehensive assessment beforehand is a prudent essentially!) Governments in the US & Europe are super stable (cannot be more stable than that!) & investors are not exposed to 3rd or 2nd world “whims”! Any perceived risk is therefore minimal and the lowest around the globe. Even “heaven” can not be more stable than Europe & the EU is apparently designed a political heaven- in heaven!

      Are similar assurances available & granted (& if where?) to global investors in Africa, S. America, Middle and Far East- or anywhere? Basic business philosophy should always prevail: No risk- No reward! Not- Maximum reward & No risk!

      Local Governments get renewed every ~5 years (the EU practically “NEVER” & is on “PAPER” solid as a “treated” rock!) The fear of any risks by the “Globules” is unjustified & seen as opportunism to take advantage of a stable & never diminishing taxpayer base. That “bit” of remaining risk has to be shouldered by all corporations themselves- never ever by us taxpayers.

      Most governments have been driven to near bankruptcy by our politicians to around ~100% GDP/debt ratios over successive political parties governing terms. Big Corporations are often much “richer” than Governments. The believe that today’s people & their generations can be put under debt forever has to come to an end & be stopped!

      If that is secretly assumed by the 1%, than, NO Sir,- that is not fair- even criminal!

      Corporations have to take out insurance cover against their exaggerated fear of a “1st word risk”. Taxpayers are not carcasses to be thrown to the wolves to be fed on by Corporations & their lawyers.

      Government negotiators need to demand & must receive TOTAL Government immunity from Corporations- as our politician granted themselves total immunity for their actions!

      No TOTAL immunity- No TTIP! Is a fair deal!

  27. avatar
    Antonio Jose Pecurto Pecurto

    TTIP should not approve any subsequent trate lesgislation that harms European states European fiscal Union to subsidize the less prosperous second place have fewer barriers to labor mobility when economic crisis affects a region residents can do pack find a job in another European place

  28. avatar

    TTIP calls for less regulation, and for the lowest common denominator when it comes to consumer/worker/environmental protection.

    The VW case proves we need more regulation, and effective enforcement. The VW case should mean the death of TTIP. The very corporations calling for TTIP (which will only benefit them) are the ones that should be subject to more regulation, rather than less. Because I can assure you, VW is for TTIP, they wanted even less regulation and now we all know why.

  29. avatar
    Nando Aidos

    The estimates on the benefits are just estimates with no credibility especially when they talk about jobs. No deal for me!

  30. avatar

    The estimates on the benefits are just estimates with no credibility especially when they talk about jobs. No deal for me!
    Since it is to be a mutual benefit deal, how come the benefits on the picture are just for the EU? Someone is hiding facts.

  31. avatar
    C Popa

    No TTIP! The citizens of Europe have nothing to win from that, but only to loose. I don’t want the american GMO products, i don’t want their cloride washed chicken meat….. and i’m sure i don’t want to give the american corporations, who never heard of business ethics, the chance of getting their accounts fat on the backs of the european consumers. The best example of the consequence of TTIP is the Rosia Montana case in Romania, with the biggest gold mine in Europe. The short story : An american company established in Canada “won” the right to mine in Romania with one day before it was auctioned.(!!!) The romanians protested in every city regarding the future cyanide lake, and the fact that the romanian government will receive only 20% of the income, after taxes and “expences” beeing deducted for the canadian company. The whole deal went down, after proven in court to be illegal. Now the americans are taking Romania to an arbitration court, not in Europe, where i would expect to have this arbitrage, since the activity of the case is on Europe ground, but in New York( !!!!) and ask 4 bil. dollars, a tax for not beeing able to do “business” in Romania. That’s one example. Another example is the Bechtel company who had a contract to build 415 km of highway in Romania. After 10 years of irregular work, only 12 percent of the highway was actually built, but double paid, at an astonishing price of 27 mil. $ per km. Romania decided to cancel the contract. Of course, an extra 37.20 mil. $ were paid to Bechtel as compensation for damages incurred.

    For these reasons and another hundred that i could put them here, i am totally against TTIP! And, by the way ….. when EU switched to euro …. instead of getting 1000 euro more a year, i lost 20 % value of my salary. So give me a break with your 545 euro /year.


  32. avatar
    Petr Horak

    (1) Harmonize regulation on the best objective (scientific; nonpolitical) level (2) Investment protection to reasonable degree; direct expropriation enforceable, indirect expropriation only to some degree (3) No trade barriers (4) Carbon tax

  33. avatar
    Otto Barten

    Is harmonizing standards really worth ignoring national law and democratic decision making? No to TTIP!

  34. avatar

    Its more what it wouldnt look like..

    America has no representative governing body. The country is run by small groups of corporates. Oil/gas and banking , thats what dictates in the usa. Every country that has gone into a so called free trade deal with the usa has been brought to its knees. The american govt reeks of coruption. The media, the banks including fed reserve all fall under the same clan. America is like disneyland its fake in debt for ever ,for sale and dangerous.
    Americans are slaves to the federal reserve as are we with the ecb (same clan).
    Free trade is anything but free..
    The usa never gives it only takes. Look at which lobbyists are buying the so called politicians in brussels, the same corporates as in washington .
    Just like jeremy corbyn in the uk, he is just another usa corp sock puppet being prepped to take the reigns. All the right photo ops, says all the right things etc.
    If they made it illegal for political candidates to recieve corporate funding we wouldnt be discussing a trade deal . Verhofstad knows this all to well.
    Politicians here and in the usa are corporate tools.
    People need representation not demoralization. Stop voting for the tools.

  35. avatar

    Geo -politically speaking, TTIP came into full swing when multi-polarity is taking place in the world. The growth of South-South trade, Rise of the Rest, dominance of Mandarin’s forced to think radically for some of the Capitol Hill & Brussels bureaucrats.

    US and the EU international interest to bring in to motion TTIP

    – Clear counter to rising world order
    – Current emerging market essentially rely on market, if EU and US combines( every production and supply will be maintained by themselves, so there will no relevance of Asian, Latin or African products in the European and US soil). This will clear counter to Rising power in terms of economic perspectives. This will affect in broader spectrum of emerging powers, if TTIP’s dude managed to put in force- Military, Politics, Social fabrics and so on

    – Limitless economic growth, investment in additional military, Research & development capacity of Europe and the USA

    – As an initiation to redraw EU and the US map to build like a, ‘imperial Roman map’.

    TTIP and its possible risk in North and South

    – Huge effects on production capabilities of Global South countries- As there will be no one to buy their products
    – No relevance of WTO- No relevance of subsidy given to Global South by WTO
    – Influence of powerful countries in WTO will be increase by large
    – Medical and University expenses in Europe will be affected with Multinational crackdown strategy- prices will be high
    – Reciprocal dominance of Multi-national companies in EU and the USA
    – Unemployment may grow in the US(Due to competitive market bought by huge market)
    – Social policy will be under serious threats ( As government will become pro-business dude)

    No TTIP !!

  36. avatar
    Henrique Saias

    Where can I read the text???? We can discuss that if it is public. Discussing confidential treaties is nonsense.

  37. avatar
    Henrique Saias

    “Proponents say TTIP would bring jobs and growth to both economies.” Where can I check these claims? My country’s elected members of parliament have to visit the US embassy, surrender their phone, and, for a limited time read parts of the treaty text under staff surveillance, without taking notes. No matter how much economy is promised to benefit, I praise Democracy more. Sorry.

  38. avatar
    Fernando De Rojas Parets

    THIS EU, no democratic in it behaviour and dominated by bureaucracy and lobbies is driving Europe to a deal of corruption and insane interests.

  39. avatar

    Looks like the majority dont want ttip..
    Eu politicians should listen to the masses, the people and countries whom they say they say they represent .
    They say they they are democratic, they say europe must be free, while they force a bad trade deal on the people they are supposed to protect. It shows the true nature of Brussels.
    Brussels is evolving into a selfserving ,power grabbing , money mongering defacto state run by fatcat rich bureaucrats whom cater to thier bank acounts rather than the people who they are supposed to represent. It doesnt matter how many people are against, for a price they will push the agenda.
    We dont want ttip, they do! Why do you think its all behind closed doors.
    If we knew the truth..

  40. avatar
    Jason Picci

    One cant wait long enough to be force fed Frankenfoods. We need near complete Autarchy.

  41. avatar
    Jeremy Bornstein

    As an American and European I stand firmly against TTIP. Quality standards are much higher across the EU when it comes to food,consumer regulation,service regulation compared with the US. TTIP should be scrapped and the lobbyists supporting it should be publicly shamed.

  42. avatar
    Darin Attard

    More pay to the producer, no gmo production of vegetables, seeds, marketing of gmo products, more organic produce. Legal ratification of an international law banning the genetic manipulation of plant, animal & human genome. Investing in 3rd world countries, modern farming methods oriented on organic. A common tariff regarding agricultural produce keeping in mind for a good income for the farmer.

  43. avatar
    Oli Lau

    Really free. Not organized by multinationals for their own profits. There shouldn’t be any barriers, rules whatever. It is your right to exchange peacefully with anybody. Not some privileges granted by states.

  44. avatar
    Vasilis Sinos

    With this agreement is lost sovereignty of nations. Multinational companies have the option to resolve their disputes with the public to private courts,there is labor rights circumvent and TTIP enables the free movement of foods and the mutant .Finally this is the complete domination of the New World Order.

  45. avatar
    Marco Tipaldi

    the Ideal deal is more control and transparency on the rules, no private arbitrate but the sovereignty of the states and their citizens. the opposite of TTIP.

  46. avatar
    Enric Mestres Girbal

    Wild capitalism at its best…the ideal thing should be to disolve the EU and give every country its lost freedom.

  47. avatar
    Herbert Troll

    STOP IT ALL TRADE DEALS – NO TTIP – thats the only deal – NO more power for Monsanto, CocaCola Volkswagen BP Nestle Bayer UNILEVER……. and there bankster Mafia ! STOP TTIP –

  48. avatar
    Hologounis Jim

    It the first step to unite the two continents. One currency is the next step. Then one president. Then one federal constitution.

  49. avatar
    Willem Van-Pelt

    No TTIP at all. Don’t go fot this debate and questionary. It is all propaganda for a deal we don’t need. Sign official petitions against it.

  50. avatar
    Luchian Melnic Dumitrache

    No TTIP is the best solutions first to avoid Monsanto and other deadly companies to impose american no real gmo regulations against UE citizens.If you sign you betray us all

  51. avatar
    Luchian Melnic Dumitrache

    No TTIP is the best solutions first to avoid Monsanto and other deadly companies to impose american no real gmo regulations against UE citizens.If you sign you betray us all

  52. avatar
    Alex Sascha

    Doesn’t matter what we want, the greedy and incompetent political class we have will approve it..sic

  53. avatar
    Alex Sascha

    Doesn’t matter what we want, the greedy and incompetent political class we have will approve it..sic

  54. avatar
    Luchian Melnic Dumitrache

    Alex Avram-Rusu practically I am ashamed you are a romanian.Gmo with poison inserted in DNA structure of agricultural products for increased productivity is good for consumers and abolition of all regulations defending UE consumers through TTIP is excellent no ? I repeat we are ashamed you are a romanian who supports this treacherous deal.

  55. avatar
    Luchian Melnic Dumitrache

    Alex Avram-Rusu practically I am ashamed you are a romanian.Gmo with poison inserted in DNA structure of agricultural products for increased productivity is good for consumers and abolition of all regulations defending UE consumers through TTIP is excellent no ? I repeat we are ashamed you are a romanian who supports this treacherous deal.

  56. avatar
    Patricia Smith

    My ideal – there not being one. But if there is NO CETA protection component for business

  57. avatar
    Carolina Muro Rosa

    Governments always to have more power over trades in their countries, no power to corporations, no GMs, import only if necessary and you can’t find it in the EU already, protection for our own markets and products.

  58. avatar
    Andrej Němec

    Dear Ivan Burrows, if you will get out of the EU we (the rest of Europeans) will make sure that it will be very painful for you (I would propose sanctions and deportations for all Brits living in the European Continent: just make sure that your beloved island is big enough to contain all your fellow citizens who will come back). Good luck

  59. avatar
    Rémi Martin

    Without the consent of the peoples, beautiful democracy! A bit like USSR, when the suprem soviet deceided for everybody in the same time…

  60. avatar
    Darin Attard

    More millions for gmo producers – more cancers, long term health conditions, harming of the environment through genetic level and control of the food chain via seed control. Topping it up – producers can sue governments who refuse to use their products.

  61. avatar
    Martin Georgiev

    http://socialistreview.org.uk/395/ttip-dangerous-iceberg Signing it it would mean that the European Union will be an official colony of the United States – our Media, our Politics, our Solaries, our Education, everything will be decided not by us but the people, who control America and their paws in the European Politics…
    As far as I can recall, the majority of the European Union are against the TTIP but apparently, our Politics and the European Union are far more interested in making more money and getting more power than to what “the mortal people of Europe” really want!
    So, dear Debating Europe, just say the truth that you are disobeying our wishes and freedom of choice, because getting more easy money, poisoning our lives and controlling our lives is far more tempting than some ridiculous Freedom, Truth and Love!!!

  62. avatar
    Irena Dajcar

    Dear EU people, stop crying and prepare yourself with your products for USA market .. ;)

  63. avatar
    Stefania Portici

    è possibile sapere in cosa consistono questi accordi del TTIP , cioè cosa dicono in pratica , a me che rappresento il comune cittadino ignaro (visto che riguarda le nostre vite e non ci è dato di esprimerci sulla società che si sta costruendo ) o è solo roba per i tecnocrati non eletti da nessuno ?

  64. avatar
    Marijus Stasiulis

    It does not matter how it would look.
    Everything was done in secret, so in TTIP there is no “you”.

  65. avatar
    Stefania Portici

    ancora non sono nati gli Stati Uniti D’Europa che già gli USA fanno accordi ? Con chi? Ma se neanche noi Paesi europei siamo uniti come è possibile pensare ad accordi del mercato di Paesi europei zoppi ,senza una loro moneta STATALE e politiche che ne beneficiano tutti ? E’ una pazzia tutto questo

  66. avatar
    Vinko Rajic

    Ideal is economical union with US , also US is going to become like any other EU member state . TTIP is one step in that direction . (TTIP) free trade agreement between the European Union and the United States is going to make the EU and US economy strong . US investment in the EU is three times greater than US investment in the whole of Asia and EU investment in the United States is eight times that of EU investment in India and China combined. Intra-company transfers are estimated to constitute a third of all transatlantic trade. The United States and EU are the largest trading partners of most other countries in the world and account for a third of world trade flows. The United States and European Union together represent 60% of global GDP, 33% of world trade in goods and 42% of world trade in services. There are a number of trade conflicts between the two powers, but both depend on the other’s economic market and disputes only affect 2% of total trade.

  67. avatar
    Vesselin Alexiev

    What happened to the fabled EU Transparency? What happened to the Democratic principles? Why is the agreement hidden even from national governments?

  68. avatar
    Tony Kunnari

    Relocation of Responsibilities: You as an individual will be given the equally shared tools that you may use to build your non-equivalent life in cooperation with the environment. No more excuses and force from any side, group, level and so on. You build your life so you enjoy it too. Period.

  69. avatar

    Why do we need to decide which party we agree with and just one? They all give ttips in a form they wish and they are all correct as far as they all move together i.e. as far as they go in mutual understanding. If we cannot agree on something, we leave it out. In other words, into ttipping, only include the bits and pieces of information we agree upon. Based on the information above alone, all parties are able to fully include their wishes into ttipping.

  70. avatar
    Franck Néo Legon

    ideal for EU would be no particular agrement with USA, and high taxes on every exchange. ideal for UE would be an open market with Russian Federation, its ressources and consumers.

  71. avatar
    Faber Spadi

    TTIP for sure is the worst trade agreement the EU can join. It will cost dearly to national governments and it will wipe out the small medium businesses. SAY NO TO TTIP!!!

  72. avatar
    Vitaliy Markov

    free trade deals only give more power to corporations to take over the world. NAFTA, TPP, Canada-EU, US-EU agreements all do the same thing

  73. avatar
    Kiss József

    …elkerülhető ( avval hogy nem írja alá az EU a TTIP a számára katasztrófa szerződést!) az usa halálos ölelése !

  74. avatar
    Darin Attard

    TTIP will bring more cancer, food allergies to Europe nothing more. It’s more money for American corporations and total control of the food chain. They will have unlimited power on local EU governments, because they can sue them if they decline to use their products which only promote cancer and environmental destruction. I cannot understand, why the EU is accepting this kind of agreement.

  75. avatar
    Joaquim M Pinto

    Better agreement? Have you lost completely. All about that agreement is bad. Giving power to Corporations

  76. avatar
    Calin Delavale

    For me free trade doesn’t mean to neglect or undermine local market and I am not sure that both entities, Europe, a conglomerate of states with different rules and relationship as well as dependencies and barriers and USA, a federation of states with a solid and sound equilibrium, both economical and political, are able to fair trade with positive consequences to common citizens, local economies and interests and for a real functional democracy. It might be good but depends who drives the process and for what real goals. I see a good opportunity to reestablish a more solid financial market based on two currencies instead of dollars only, but depends how much real integration should be. God, save our lives!

  77. avatar
    Jo Meli

    The IDEAL Agreement IS a NO Agreement at all !!!!

    Jo Meli
    Valletta – Malta

  78. avatar
    Faber Spadi

    TTIP will be the end of small medium European companies, the end of people’s institutions sovereignty in favour of the power in the hands of few corporations. The whole TTIP text should be PUBLISHED and not kept secret to the public. It’s a SHAME!!!

  79. avatar
    Mari Kakuszy

    A TTIP rettenetes változásokat hozna az EU-ba. A nemzeti szuverenitás teljes eltörlését, egy központi hatalmat az USA által kijelőlt bíróság képében. Eltörölnék az Európában beszüntetetett vegyi anyagok használatát, behoznák a GMO termékeket és az amerikai laboratóriumokban kifejleszett termékeket, íz fokozókkal, addalék anyagokkal, amik jelenleg tiltottak Európában. Az állattenyésztésben megengednék az antibiotikumokkal felpumpált állatok tenyésztését, hogy minél gyorsabban minél hamarabb vágóhídra kerülhessenek a gyors profit érdekében. Lazítanák a munkavédelmi szabályokat, megint csak a gyorsabb termelés, hamarabb realizált profit érdekében. Mindenek mellett számítva Európa népességének felszaporodására, akiket el kell látni laboratóriumokban kikisérletezett, super nagyüzemi előállitással készült silány élelmiszerekkel. Az Európai egészség biztosításból is részt kérnének, nagyon magas összegeket fordítva a kiemelkedő biztosítói árakat megfizető emberek gyógyításában. A tárgyalások a legnagyobb titokban folynak, de ha időt fordít az ember hozzáolvasni, akkor ennyit mindenképpen össze lehetett gyűjteni.

  80. avatar
    Andy Alderson

    There will be no TTIP, the UK will vote for Brexit then the whole of the EU will collapse, thankfully!!

  81. avatar
    Lucio Critelli

    Why You support TTiP ? For Italy TTiP is the devil, The contrary of biological agriculture, The opposite of Italian food. Italian food the best in the World !

  82. avatar
    Harry Daniels

    ten reasons we would be BETTER OFF OUT…

    1. Freedom to make stronger trade deals with other nations.

    2. Freedom to spend UK resources presently through EU membership in the UK to the advantage of our citizens.

    3. Freedom to control our national borders.

    4. Freedom to restore Britain’s special legal system.

    5. Freedom to deregulate the EU’s costly mass of laws.

    6. Freedom to make major savings for British consumers.

    7. Freedom to improve the British economy and generate more jobs.

    8. Freedom to regenerate Britain’s fisherie

    9. Freedom to save the NHS from EU threats to undermine it by harmonising healthcare across the EU, and to reduce welfare payments to non-UK EU citizen

    10. Freedom to restore British customs and traditions.

  83. avatar
    Oli Lau

    None. First we don’t have the same meaning for “free trade”. Free means “free”. Two persons agree to exchange goods/service peacefully.

    it doesn’t mean normalized to suit the agenda of the industrial federations and other lobby groups based in Brussels and in Washington.

  84. avatar
    Paolo Scotti

    Il TTIP ci aiuterà a rimanere fra le economie più sviluppate del mondo, garantendo i livelli di crescita pur mantenendo aperti i mercati alle economie emergenti.

  85. avatar
    Zeke John Neville


  86. avatar
    Louise van der Wees

    No TTIP or any other agreement that limits national sovereignty and gets us as the mercy of big corporations. Thanks but NO thanks

  87. avatar
    Richard Ogden

    What a disappointing, boring set of comments from our politicians. This is one of the most undemocratic decisions ever made in our name — a disgrace.

  88. avatar
    Gergana Antova

    No one wants TTIP or CETA or any other corrupt agreement! In what kind of democratic world are we living???

  89. avatar
    Nicholas Farrugia

    The BEST party that can deliver the best TTIP agreement is that which can anhilate it ……. we don’t want it.

  90. avatar
    Jonathan Abela

    None because TTIP stands for Totally Trapping Independence of People, so no thank you most people don’t want it

  91. avatar
    Juan Razvan Comanese


  92. avatar
    Кей Шредер

    Free choice of working place within TTIP membership countries for workers and an expiry date for an experimental phase of seven years.

  93. avatar
    Robin Michael Tucek

    So it’s like this. You are asking us which party would be best to bring us this pure fascism. We need to get rid of the people behind this scheme. The world should be run for the benefit of people, not big corporations. What crass idiot put this organisation together. Let’s start a debate on which party is going to first get 20 years of EU money wasting audited and then abolished.

  94. avatar
    Eberhard M. Bartelmess

    TTIP is a hell of an argument for anti europeans. It’s ill fated, only intended to benefit multinational corporations and – although a staunch pro European myself – I strongly wish to see the back of it ASAP

  95. avatar
    Owen Masters

    Definitely No to TTIP.

  96. avatar

    We must be sincere with ourselves, the TTIP is the future. Even if there are some controversial points, that should be faced attentively; such as the benefits for each citizen, for small companies and the rules that would monitorize the treaty actualizaton. We are moving forward to a globalized society, where there are no more barriers, not only through politics and econonomics; but also through the mass behaviour and the fast changes in our society.
    We must focus on how to make this treaty the most beneficial for everyone.

  97. avatar
    Michaela Sauer

    NO TTIP, and a EU/Int. Independent Economie Courthouse, plus a virtuell Business Coin vs. Korruption and Tax Haven

  98. avatar
    Koen van Hees

    It is time to maybe consider designating lobbyists for the people in the EU parliament. To offset the imbalance of all the big money representatives. I know, a radical idea… But think about it. We could organise a sort of voting system and have representatives of the people to try and make laws for us for a change. (Sigh)

  99. avatar
    Andre Marques

    No TTIP… How can you even ask that question if the document itself is kept secret, undemocratic morons!!!! You should all be in jail.

  100. avatar
    Barry Kent

    TTIP the biggest secret in EU politics and typical of those running it. Rotten to the core. Vote LEAVE EU!

  101. avatar
    Jutta Inauen

    Free trade should have transparency as its base.
    I don’t see any transparency in the whole TTIP-process. No transparency – no TTIP.

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  102. avatar
    João Roque

    I think the ideal world is a world of global free trade, but at the same time a world that has clear consumer protection laws and regulations.

  103. avatar
    John Saguato

    I sincerely hope that the EU parliament and European court block the TTIP is very bad for the Citizen

  104. avatar
    Bandi Bácsi

    The TTIP is bollocks, just US big business legally ruling the world for their own corporate greed. There is no ‘ideal ttip’.

  105. avatar
    Jero Martínez

    No one, who the hell are the governments to put their hands in our economy?
    No more socialism please!!

  106. avatar
    Abaris Hiperboreus

    The TTIP gives us a chance to force the US to accept and incorporate european values on its society. We can force the social security and labour rights vs. the multinational corporations idea through them. ha-ha-ha

  107. avatar
    Franco Suarez

    Doing business with Monsanto Nation is not only bad for our health, it’s bad for our pocket, our economy, our cultures and our sovereignty. It is time to tell the USA “THANKS, BUT NO THANKS, YOU ARE FIRED!”. Can anyone mention an AmeriKKKan industry, which has not hurt humanity?

  108. avatar
    Julia Hadjikyriacou

    Corporations are out of control now, let alone when the TTIP gives them superpowers. Corporations need more regulations, no subsidies and they need to contribute more taxes-possibly a flat-rate tax on their gross income to bypass loopholes in the law. People need a basic unconditional income to fill the gap of lack of jobs due to technology/robots, out-sourcing labour to China and India, capitalists taking advantage of low-paid workers and lack of economic growth and job/business opportunities in their own country. Plus more people would retire early, more mothers will choose to stay home with their children thereby increasing jobs. The youth and anybody else for that matter could save that money and start their own businesses.

  109. avatar
    Julia Hadjikyriacou

    Corporations are out of control now, let alone when the TTIP gives them superpowers. Corporations need more regulations, no subsidies and they need to contribute more taxes-possibly a flat-rate tax on their gross income to bypass loopholes in the law. People need a basic unconditional income to fill the gap of lack of jobs due to technology/robots, out-sourcing labour to China and India, capitalists taking advantage of low-paid workers and lack of economic growth and job/business opportunities in their own country. Plus more people would retire early, more mothers will choose to stay home with their children thereby increasing jobs. The youth and anybody else for that matter could save that money and start their own businesses.

  110. avatar
    Boyko Vesselinov

    Pointless discussion. Publish the agreement that is negotiated in secrecy, we will tell you what we think.

  111. avatar
    Oli Lau

    the one were no crony capitalism is involved. No rules especially designed by lobby groups for their customers.

    A pure/real free markets where small companies/individuals can sell their products with strictly no red tapes.

    Currently european/american population are considered more or less as livestock by their respective governements.

  112. avatar
    Rácz Tivadar

    No trade deal under these circumstances of secret negotiations, as they are already establishing worldwide us colonialisation

  113. avatar

    till 2013 EU was a strong place for deffending eruopeans against big companies and pollution ,now i feel betrayed .

  114. avatar
    Daniel Parvanov

    Is trade deal needed … ??? do max possible profit are greater than what will migrant crisis cost … EU become so politically correct that they do not address real issues …. Ontopic: I live in GMO free country (officially banned and i just hope that they do no enter unofficially ) I want we to be given right to keep such products out of the market… Foods that contain GMO should be on separated … and btw is apple with jelly fish genes is suitable for vegans :)

  115. avatar
    Costin Halaicu

    It would be a deal where we eliminate import taxes, but do not compromise our regulations. No ISDS, no reduction in EU food regulation or US banking regulations.

  116. avatar
    Gatis Gailitis

    EU would look like USA where political actions only ever implemented according to corporate interests.

  117. avatar
    Julia Hadjikyriacou

    Just a simple trade deal no social conditions, corporate biased or any other strings. No privatisation or corporations suing for tax payers money. Highly regulated for health, non-negotiable labelling of GMO’S and country origin, keeping EU standards on chemicals and agriculture practices. And strict regulations on products sent to china and back to the USA with China’s bad agriculture and unethical labour practices. No making deals then sneaking at a future date to change them further down the line.

  118. avatar
    Asoka Ishaya

    Not TTIP but real independent ethical trades that benefit people not just greedy companies and corporations.

  119. avatar
    Fabio Ferrari

    Basically a deal that gives American people our higher standard of health, welfare, product safety and consumer assistance.

  120. avatar
    Fabio Ferrari

    Basically a deal that gives American people our higher standard of health, welfare, product safety and consumer assistance.

  121. avatar
    Gabriele Mogni

    Lots of Chevrolets, Cadillacs, Pickup Trucks in Europe at American prices, together with American prices for petrol :)

  122. avatar
    Rosy Forlenza

    we already have one in which the legislature of each block is respected, we do not need one that removes these protections on either side of the atlantic thank you very much

  123. avatar
    Silvio Bosco

    A day will come when we shall see those two immense groups, the United States of America and the United States of Europe, stretching out their hands across the sea, exchanging their products, their arts, their works of genius, clearing up the globe, making deserts fruitful, ameliorating creation under the eyes of the Creator, and joining together to reap the well-being of all. Viktor Hugo

  124. avatar
    Björn Eric Ingemar Grahn

    One that puts the customer in the first room and the firms in the second room. Limit the suing possibilities on governments to be on communication. So the companies can sue them when the governments puts them to do the ID checking witch they should not do. That’s a custom/toll responsibility

  125. avatar

    The ideal thing will it be if we had the chance from the start to say if we agree or disagree in a ‘big deal’ like this , and not debating about a choice that is already been made.
    Can e.u say no ? ,
    can e.u stay neutral to an economic war between east and west gain all the benefits from that or it’s just has to pick a side ?
    Can the average European been seeing as a citizen and not as a consumer or a statistic?
    Anyway, as it concern me ”global economic crisis ” set the way for tisa, ttip and ceta ( wich some parts of those are top secret and beign seeing after permission of the state department ) as it was planned to be.

  126. avatar
    Bódis Kata

    About 32% of American children grow up in poverty, the EU is way behind in this.
    In some sectors in the US workers work non-stop by the production lines without toilet breaks, they wear nappies. (E.g. poultry workers.)
    The EU is way behind in using such innovative solutions for reducing lazy-time in order to increase profits to the oligarchs.
    Things have to change in the EU, we don’t produce enough profit.

  127. avatar
    カメニャク マリオ

    1) No supragovernmental courts.
    2) The U:S: would have to rise up to E.U. standards not vice versa.
    3) Only some tariff exemptions nothing else.
    4) Customer and worker protection against big capitalists, not vice versa.

  128. avatar
    Luís Quiroz

    choose to accept the TIPP ignoring the popular will. Will be the beginning of the end of the EU .

    Make regulations more compatible? WE ARE NOT ANIMALS

  129. avatar
    Natalia Matuszak

    Maybe one that wouldn’t allow corporations to sue European governments for protecting social, environmental and human rights because they may endanger their profits. Not in regular courts, but in special arbitration tribunals with revolving doors.

  130. avatar
    Faddi Zsolt

    The USA must become a social country before that, where people have right and not corporations or their lawyers. Where pharmacy serve people and not enslave them. Where oil industry will be rapidly wanish and gives place to renewable energy etc. Maybe then we, the people should sign it whit the people of America.

  131. avatar
    Lino Galveias

    no deal at all. At least in this model. It is a crime, they’re offering an open road to major corporations over political powers.

  132. avatar
    Stefano Zuzzi

    Why do I have to buy from the USA.?
    I just import 1 item within 10 years.
    I got some purchases by Russians regarding furs.. leather factory
    If you know how much money they are spending about..all of theirs pocket ‘money.
    Says it all!

  133. avatar

    I think the priority should be to guarantee environmental and social norms globaly, not only in europe. Today it seems easier for goods and products to migrate than for humans…i don’t get the logic…

  134. avatar
    Eduardo Branco

    Buy and sell stuff from the USA seems ok to me; adopting american legislation (in labour, health or whatsoever) NO WAY!!!!

  135. avatar
    Pirvulescu Florin

    The ideal trade deal between EU and US would, at the very least, keep consumer protection up to European standards and rise consumer protection for American citizens.

    The ideal trade deal would NOT find a middle, lowering European standards a bit while upping Americans standards just a bit.

  136. avatar
    Franck Néo Legon

    No trade agreement, just protect UE internal market for its industries from the whole world who’s using social dumping.

  137. avatar
    Yordan Vasilev

    The EU and USA need of a bigger market. That’s why the EU negotiators must defend the interests of the European citizens and make a good deal.

  138. avatar
    Lyubomir Spasov

    The EU countries should have the power to ban GMO cultivation for reasons beyond environmental or public health concerns. It should be the same for selling of GM foods and animal feed – basically leaving it up to national governments to decide. And this is only one of many examples that concerning me personally. Another point is that the US allows more pesticides to be used than the EU. For me, it means the food exchange in between EU and USA would be mainly of benefit to the US. Another point is the corporations and their power over the people.

  139. avatar
    Julia Hadjikyriacou

    The US is losing their own jobs to corporations taking production to China anyway. Now they want to to steal tax payer money via disputes in courts for loss of profits and privatise everything, even make people pay for using the Internet. They themselves hire out convicts in their pro-profit privatised prisons to corporations and pay them 50 cents a day. The US has too many strings. Lifting trade barriers is not enough for them. They want to exploit the EU in every way possible.

  140. avatar
    カメニャク マリオ

    None. Well if it has to be one, then one where companies can not sue nations, and only the strictest standards, customer and worker protection from each side is used.

  141. avatar
    Andrej Němec

    The European Union needs to implement the EU Single Market first, then it can start thinking of signing agreements with a huge Single Market like the USA. Otherwise big American corporations will, thanks to the economy of scale, come to Europe with huge capitals and purchase power and take over most European companies that can’t compete because of their small size and limited market. We need to create a level playing field for European companies in competition with their American counterparts. This is only possible by:
    1) Delaying the negotiations keeping them on hold
    2) Quickly put in place those reforms and regulations that will create the framework of a Single European Market
    3) Let the European companies reach the same level of competitiveness of American ones
    4) Reopening the frozen negotiations and ultimately sign the Free Trade Agreement.

  142. avatar
    Ivan Burrows


    The unelected European Commission is going to implement TTIP no matter what people want, wonder how much money dodgy Juncker & his gang are going to make out of the deal.

  143. avatar
    Julia Hadjikyriacou

    Not stealing tax payer money in any way or form whether through private court settlements to slave labour/cheap labour/labour exploitation to privatisation. End trade deals with strings attached,.Stop fleecing the people and start taking care of the people with their tax money instead of handing it over to mega-rich corporations and their shareholders via subsidies, tax breaks, cheap labour, legal tax evasion loopholes, surveillance and war economies and energy-unless it is green energy.

  144. avatar
    Nuno Oliveira

    An unexistent one – there are already low import tariffs between the two regions, the goal of this treaty is to demolish european health, safety and labour regulation, the most progressive and advanced in the world. Reject TTIP now: https://stop-ttip.org/

  145. avatar
    Franck Néo Legon

    Corporations obey the laws of each country they deal in, and pay taxes in each country based on their sells, not on the few profits they admit. No more taxes or laws avoïdance trough multi countries cheat tricks.

  146. avatar
    Luchian Mdm

    Look at the HUGE fine imposed by the USA to Deutsche Bank, extend that type of fines to be imposed by greedy american companies to EU States for failure to obtain profits based on TTIP and the answer is the Best TTIP is the dead, never to be signed treaty with these leeches.

  147. avatar
    Hugo Mouro

    You want input from Europeans for the any trade deal? Scrap TTIP and reboot. Start over and then ask for the european people to give their opinion. don’t show up with a treaty written behind closed doors by corporate lawyers and lobbyists. this would be a good start…

  148. avatar
    Yannick Cornet

    Two things. First trade should not come at the expense of the environment or health. So there should be very strict rules on WHAT is traded and HOW what is traded was produced (E.g. ecological ). Second, free trade must come with freedom of movement to prevent exploitation of workers and populations

  149. avatar

    When the US is thinking of becoming great again, no fair EU-US trade deal can appear. Unless EU is preparing to join Trump’s hand making the American great again.

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