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.