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Tausende Menschen nehmen am 17.09.2016 an der Demonstration gegen die Handelsabkommen Ceta und TTIP in Berlin teil. Ein Bündnis aus Gewerkschaften und Sozialverbänden hat zu zeitgleichen Demonstrationen in sieben deutschen Städten aufgerufen. Foto: Jörg Carstensen/dpa +++(c) dpa - Bildfunk+++
Thousands of people demonstrated against the trade pacts but they stand in the way of a historic opportunity, according to proponents.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    • The anti-TTIP movement grew in Germany because supporters of free trade allowed opponents to shape the debate.
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  • Facts

    Facts

    • Proponents of TTIP never expected the public to become seriously interested in the agreement.
    • Analysis shows that a minority of top speakers at information events supported the agreement, and that organizers were often explicitly anti-TTIP.
    • Public opposition to free trade is often down to the concept being misunderstood.
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The negotiations with the United States need to move more quickly.

The European Commission’s transparency offensive is helping deflect criticism of factual arguments almost everywhere in the European Union. It has succeeded in convincing the majority of citizens in all but four E.U. member states. Unfortunately, Germany is one of the exceptions.

The lack of sufficient openness and transparency at the beginning of the negotiations unnecessarily provided opponents with points of attack, enabling them to weave myths and conspiracy theories that continue to feed the anti-TTIP campaign to this day. Lawmakers and the business community allowed the debate to rage much too long because many assumed that TTIP, like all previous free-trade agreements, would only interest experts and not the public.

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