Yep, that Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership pushed so eagerly by the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton during her tenure as Secretary of State has met with a solid rebuff from Paris.
France’s Foreign Minister Manuel Valls has dismissed the possibility of an agreement on the US-EU transatlantic trade deal, since it goes against the interests of the European Union.
“No free trade agreement should be concluded if it does not respect EU interests. Europe should be firm. France will be vigilant about this,” Valls said addressing members of the governing Socialist Party on Sunday, AFP reported.
“I can tell you frankly, there cannot be a transatlantic treaty agreement. This agreement is not on track,” Valls added.
Valls pointed that the agreement “would impose a viewpoint which would not only be a breeding ground for populism, but also quite simply be a viewpoint that would be bad for our economy.”
The TTIP – or Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership – is a EU-US free trade treaty project that was dubbed as controversial the moment it was proposed three years ago and has been criticized for its secretiveness and lack of accountability ever since.
The TTIP is also against the interests of any democratic government, given that it creates a secret court in which corporations and banksters can sue governments for any revenues lost because of laws and regulations designed to protect human beings, with no transcripts ever provided to folks who wonder why their health and well being is valued less than the bottom line.
If only Paris had demonstrated similar independence during the Bush/Obama military adventures that gave rise to ISIS. . .