YTN Berlin | Mission Impossible? A Future for TTIP's Survival
On May 12, the Berlin office of The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) welcomed Transatlantic Fellow Peter Sparding for a YTN dinner discussion on the future of TTIP. He was joined by Ulrike Herrmann from the German newspaper taz, who offered insight into the German debate and in particular public opposition to the trade agreement. Olivia Knodt, research assistant at GMF Berlin, moderated the conversation.
With the U.S. elections on the horizon and both German and French elections taking place next year, TTIP negotiations have gained a new urgency. At the same time, the recent leaks have also catapulted opponents of TTIP back into the headlines.
The participants discussed several of the most controversial aspects of TTIP, including the closed-door negotiations, investor-state dispute settlement, and regulatory cooperation. A key theme was the differing cultural and legal environments in the United States and Europe, seen, for example, in the differing approaches toward product risk prevention.
The discussion was held under the Chatham House rule.