Opposition Movements

How TTIP Reached a Tipping Point

ARCHIV - Mehrere tausend Menschen nehmen am 10.10.2015 in Berlin an der Demonstration gegen das transatlantische Handelsabkommen TTIP (USA) und Ceta (Kanada) teil. Im Hintergrund ist der Reichstag zu sehen. Organisiert wurde die Protestaktion unter anderem von Umwelt-, Sozial-, Kultur- und Verbraucherverbänden, darunter der BUND und der Deutsche Gewerkschaftsbund (DGB). Foto: Wolfram Steinberg/dpa (zu dpa-Berichterstattung zur 11. Verhandlungsrunde der USA und der EU um das Handelsabkommen TTIP am 23.10.2015) +++(c) dpa - Bildfunk+++
Over 100,000 people gathered in Berlin to protest TTIP in October.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    If the German public remains hostile to the TTIP trade deal it will be difficult to ratify it in its current form.

  • Facts

    Facts

    • President Barack Obama will be in Hanover on Sunday to open a trade fair and voice his support for the TTIP trade deal.
    • Anti-TTIP activists expect tens of thousands of demonstrators to gather for a  protest in Hanover on Saturday.
    • A Bertelsmann Foundation survey released on Thursday found that only one in five Germans think TTIP is a good thing, down from 55 percent in 2014.
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“Obama and Merkel are coming. Demo: Stop TTIP and CETA!”

That is the slogan being spread through social media and on posters across Germany. It is intended to rally the troops to Hanover this Saturday on the eve of a visit by U.S. President Barack Obama.

Organizers estimate tens of thousands will amass to protest the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership deal between the European Union and the United States, and its Canadian counterpart, called CETA.

Mr. Obama’s visit to open the Hannover Messe trade fair alongside Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday is regarded as part of an efforts to kickstart TTIP ahead of the 13th round of negotiations next week in New York.

While it may be one of the United State’s best trading partners in Europe, Mr. Obama is entering hostile territory in Germany.

Along with Austria, the European country has the least enthusiasm for and the most skepticism about the all-encompassing trade deal, according to polls.

Last October, despite the country being gripped by the refugee crisis, an anti-TTIP rally in Berlin drew 150,000 to 250,000 people, depending on whether you accept the official count or the demo organizers’ numbers.

The anti-TTIP movement is hoping for another big turnout on Saturday.

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