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German Govt. Offers Politicians Opportunity to Peruse Secret TTIP Documents

In a response to criticism of covert TTIP negotiations, German politicians will soon be able to get a look at the secret documents in a special reading room at the Ministry for Economic Affairs.

The German government has reacted to criticism of secretive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations by providing a reading room in the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs, where politicians will be able to read TTIP documents.

TTIP is a bilateral trade agreement between the EU and US that aims to reduce regulatory barriers to trade. In practice, the deregulation threatens the dismantling of legal standards in areas such as privacy, environmental protections, food safety, public health and safety at work. It also strengthens copyright and patent restrictions which, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, “would never pass muster under public scrutiny.”

The proposed TTIP agreement also opens up more public services and government contracts to the private sector, and critics have raised concerns that privatization would be effectively irreversible.

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