Referred to as “an assault on democracy,” the counterpart to TPP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) positions the EU and the US to have their sovereignty and citizen’s democratic rights trampled. George Monbiot, in an article published in The Guardian (12-3-2013) discusses how TTIP includes a toxic mechanism called the investor-state dispute settlement. “Where this has been forced into other trade agreements, it has allowed big corporations to sue governments before secretive arbitration panels composed of corporate lawyers, which bypass domestic courts and override the will of parliaments,” he writes.
The questions are lengthier than the agreement itself. Who is writing this, for whom, and why? Why is it such a secretive document, if it is as “good” for the signing nations as is purported? And, as in TTP, why are corporations given access to the planning and negotiations, while governments are left in the dark? And why is the information to the general populace so guarded?