On September 17, around 32,000 Germans protested the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Talks are still underway and while German Chancellor Angela Merkel supports the deal, much of the German population does not approve (France 24). Protesters expressed concern that a free trade deal would change environmental and labor standards as well as outsource jobs (CNBC). Furthermore, they believe that deals of this nature simply help corporations profit (BBC).
Jennifer Morgan of Greenpeace International said, “TTIP threaten[s] environmental and consumer protection for millions of people in Europe and North America” (France 24). However, Merkel says that a free trade deal will create jobs and will be a positive change for Europe (BBC). Daniel Eckert, columnist at “Die Welt” newspaper, argued, “A further lowering of tariff barriers, the dismantling of bureaucracy and international standardization are rather cost-effective methods to create greater wealth that future generations can benefit from” (France 24). However, not everyone agrees and a recent survey by Ipsos shows that 28 percent of respondents doubted the benefits of free trade (France 24).
Tags: Germany, Global Economy, Wintzer, TTIP, globalization