Fri May 27, 2016 6:38AM
A #ttipleaks book is pictured in Amsterdam on May 2, 2016. Greenpeace published documents showing that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) poses "major risks for climate, environment and consumer safety". ©AFP
A #ttipleaks book is pictured in Amsterdam on May 2, 2016. Greenpeace published documents showing that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) poses "major risks for climate, environment and consumer safety". ©AFP

According to its website, Greenpeace Netherlands has released secret TTIP negotiation documents. It states that its goal is to provide much-needed transparency and trigger an informed debate on the treaty. This treaty is threatening to have far reaching implications for the environment and the lives of more than 800 million citizens in the EU and US.

TTIP has been mired in controversy ever since the negotiations began, first since the talks were held in secret, but then due to many clauses that would for instance, put the interests of the multi-national corporations before the people.

Long standing environmental protections appear to be dropped. Some of the exclusions based on the TTIP Greenpeace leaks: Climate protection will be harder, and the end of the precautionary principle, enshrined in the EU Treaty is not mentioned in the chapter on Regulatory Cooperation.

But in essence, there is more to it than that. The US, in order to find a way to ensure its global dominance, has forged TTIP, TiSA, and TPP: 3 other trade agreements, to exclude countries that threaten US hegemony and trade share, like China, Brazil, and Russia, for geopolitical gains.

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