What the Anzacs missed


The Anzac leaders got blind sided in the TPP/TTIP negotiations. Instead of using common sense and joining with Europe in a common interest standpoint, they thought they were being oh so smart and signing before Europe. Obviously, by picking off the weakest first, USA has tried to undermine Europe’s negotiating position. Sun Tzu‘s Art of War – Probably page 6.
If the US continues to insist on the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) in its current form, it may ruin the entire free-trade deal, German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel warned ahead of US President Barack Obama’s visit to Germany.

“The Americans want to hold fast to their ‘Buy American’ idea. We can’t accept that. They don’t want to open their public tenders to European companies. For me, that goes against free trade,” Gabriel, who is also Germany’s deputy chancellor, told business newspaper Handelsblatt.

Gabriel said that the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), a free-trade treaty that the EU and Canada have negotiated, is a good model for TTIP.

Washington is pushing for TTIP to be signed before year’s end, but there is a strong opposition to the deal in many European nations, including Germany. Critics say the treaty would erode strict European standards for labor and environment protection and put the interest of international corporations above those of the nations they operate in.