Further to my post a week ago about the rise in power of the corporates, Der Spiegel has more information - not on what's being negotiated, of course, we're forbidden from knowing that - but on the extent to which national democracies are being excluded from the deal.
"Everything related to the talks is being kept highly classified. Even though the deal will affect the futures and interests of 500 million EU citizens, member states agreed to keep them in the dark about TTIP negotiations. All papers, documents, emails and negotiating minutes have been marked secret. Only the senior-most party members in the European Parliament's International Trade Committee are allowed to see documentation relating to the negotiations and they are forbidden from discussing what they see. Not even the negotiating mandate, upon which the talks are based, has been made public. In addition, the US has forbidden the EU from passing along American position papers, even to members of the European Council and European Parliament -- despite the fact that these same papers have been shared with 600 industrial lobbyists in the US."I suspect that when the Germans realise the deal will give Wal-Mart the right to fill their supermarket shelves with GM soya products without having to declare the GM content any more, and that Budweiser can sell its mildly alcoholic chemical soft drink as 'beer' in Bavaria despite German purity laws, it will be of little consolation to learn that the Kermits can now wean the Septics from cheez-in-a-spray-can onto unpasteurised Saint Nectaire if only they can find a way of selling it in a plastic tube.
Who wins? The global corporates and the Euro Federasts of course. Who loses? US and European consumers, SMEs and the Mittelstand, our cultural identities and of course our democratic rights are eroded.