The environmental group Greenpeace on Monday released secret documents it had obtained detailing negotiations between the United States and Europe on the new free-trade agreement, known as the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP.
Among the biggest findings: The documents show that the United States has threatened to keep car import tariffs in place unless Europe agrees to ease restrictions on U.S. agricultural products, German newspaper the Süddeutsche Zeitung and state broadcasters WDR and NDR reported, citing parts of the papers.
The German media outlets received the documents in advance from Greenpeace, adding that experts had confirmed the documents’ authenticity.
The United States “have urgently made clear that progress on the aspect of car parts would only be possible if the European Union moved on the matter of agricultural import duties,” Süddeutsche Zeitung cited from the documents.
The European Union’s trade commissioner, Cecilia Malmström, played down the documents’ release, in a blog post arguing “it shouldn’t come as a surprise that there are areas where the E.U. and the U.S. have different views.”