I oppose him, and the TTIP agreement, but for other reasons……
The thousands page trade deal has not been thoroughly read by any single lawmaker, and the parts that do appear, like the ability to adapt/change the agreement in the future by faceless bureaucrats without any form of accountability, is a bridge too far.
I have nothing against free trade, but strapping ourselves into an agreement that hardly any single citizen can comprehend, or politician has the ability articulate in full, is boneheaded and smacks of tyranny.
Hanover (Germany) (AFP) – Tens of thousands of opponents of a proposed transatlantic trade deal poured onto German streets Saturday on the eve of a visit by US President Barack Obama.
A loose coalition of trade unions, environmentalists and consumer protection groups in the northern city of Hanover said they drew a crowd of 90,000 to a march and rally outside the city’s opera house.
Police mobilised a large force to keep the peace and put attendance at 35,000.
Obama’s trip — to open an industrial technology fair and hold talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel and other European leaders — was intended to lend momentum to flagging efforts to see the world’s biggest trade pact finalised this year.
On a visit to London on Saturday, Obama sought to address sceptics’ fears head-on, admitting that some past trade agreements had “served the interests of large corporations and not necessarily of workers in the countries that participate in them”.
The Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has run into major opposition, not least in Europe’s top economy Germany, where critics have raised the spectre of eroding ecological and labour market standards and condemned secrecy shrouding the talks.
As the whistle-blowing crowd moved through Hanover in unseasonably cold weather, one banner reading “Don’t give TTIP a chance” featured the image of a bull tagged “privatisation” and a cow branded “democracy”.