On April 18th, thousands of Germans marched against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)*. A recent YouGov poll found 43% of Germans believing TTIP would be bad for Germany, versus 26% who believed it good.
The German Social Democrats (SPD), who are Chancellor Merkel’s coalition partners, appear especially split over the trade deal. From Deutsche Welle:
“Whoever whispers, lies,” and “No secret negotiations, stop TTIP,” reads a large banner stretched across a replica of the Trojan horse several meters high. The horse reflects their fear that the agreement would primarily serve the interests of industry and thus would seal the end of European consumer and environmental protection standards.
“Don’t be fooled when they tell you they could make TTIP more beautiful, socially conscious, environmentally friendly or democratic,” read a flyer that one protester pressed into the hand of everyone who passed him on the way to the SPD conference.
The most odious aspect of the TTIP is how supranational tribunals could actually enable a business to sue a national government, similar to what we already see with NAFTA. It is hoped that as an alternative to globalism, the sovereign state is again considered, with rulers who are not distant strangers of the ruled.
*Attac, which might have organised the march, seems to want alternative globalisation, not an alternative to globalisation. Nevertheless, any opposition might be welcome.