Europe Secretly Starts Imposing TTIP Despite the Public’s Overwhelming Opposition

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by investigative historian Eric Zuesse, author of They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

Europe Secretly Starts Imposing TTIP Despite the Public’s Overwhelming Opposition

The terms of Obama’s proposed TPP ‘trade’ treaty with Asian countries won’t be made public until the treaty has already been in force for at least four years. The terms of Obama’s proposed TISA (Trade In Services Agreement) with 52 nations won’t be made public until the treaty has already been in force for at least five years. Obama’s proposed TTIP treaty with European countries has been so successfully hidden, that even the number of years it will be kept from the public isn’t yet known. Hello, international fascism — all in secret, until too late for the public to do anything.

But in Europe, things are being rushed, just in case secrecy breaks and the treaty fails to pass. The European Union is already secretly imposing provisions from the secret Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) treaty, even before anyone has signed it, and even before it has been formally approved in any nation. This was revealed over the last weekend in two places:

On the night of October 17th, Phillip Inman of the online version of the Guardian bannered (in an article that the Guardian  declined to publish in its printed edition), "Prospect of TTIP already undermining EU food standards, say campaigners,” and he reported that,

Nick Dearden, director of anti-poverty group Global Justice Now, says the EU’s chief trade counsellor, Damien Levie, has let slip that free trade means undermining current minimum standards agreed by the EU.

Dearden says that according to a report in the  [subscription-only] newsletter Washington Trade Daily, Levie told a conference held by US free market thinktank the Cato Institute [which is owned by America's passionately anti-regulatory billionaire oil-investors, the Koch brothers] that genetically modified crops and chemically washed beef carcasses were being allowed into the EU ahead of a deal.

According to the report, Levie said EU member states “have been stepping up case reviews and approving new genetically modified organisms [GMOs] with five new products approved so far”. …

Levie ... told the Cato Institute conference that neither side wants to reach anything less than a comprehensive economic agreement. He conceded the deal could founder on resistance from the US to include financial services in the deal and Washington’s reluctance to open local and state procurement to bids from EU businesses.

Previously, information that was made public by wikileaks had made clear that in the negotiations over the TTIP, the U.S. has been the most aggresssive nation pushing for the ability of international corporations to shape national laws — this being the position that’s also favored by the Koch brothers.

On October 18th, Lauren McCauley at Common Dreams headlined “TTIP Already 'Rewriting the Rule Book' for EU Food Standards, New Report Finds,” and stated that a progressive British organization, Global Justice Now, issued a study on October 18th, which noted that:

US officials successfully used the prospect of TTIP to bully the EU into abandoning plans to ban 31 dangerous pesticides with ingredients that have been shown to cause cancer and infertility.

A similar fate befell regulations around the treatment of beef with lactic acid. This was banned in Europe because of fears that the procedure was being used to conceal unhygienic  practices. The ban was repealed by MEPs in the European Parliamentary Environment Public Health and Food Safety Committee after EU Commission officials openly suggested TTIP negotiations would be threatened if the ban wasn’t lifted.

On climate change, the European Fuel Quality Directive which would effectively ban Canadian tar sands oil [the world’s worst oil from a global-warming standpoint] has foundered in the face of strong US-Canadian lobbying around both TTIP and the EU-Canada CETA deal.

As I reported on 2 February 2014:

[The proposed] Keystone XL Pipeline wouldn't contribute to U.S. energy-production, but instead to exports of the global-warming-dirtiest oil, from Canada, to Europe and South America. It would transport Alberta Canada's tar-sands oil — half of which is owned by the Kochs — south to two Koch-owned refineries near the Texas Gulf Coast for transshipment mainly to Europe. President Obama is thus trying to get Europe to relax its anti-global-warming standards to permit their importation of this oil, which is the world's absolute worst oil from the global-warming standpoint.

Furthermore, "Currently, most Canadian tar sands exports are mainly limited to the U.S. Midwest market by a lack of transportation infrastructure." This fact (the lack of "infrastructure" or transportation facilities to move the oil to the international market) keeps down not only the price the Kochs can get for their oil (since it can't currently be sold on the international market); it also greatly lowers the sheer volume of it that they can sell (at any price), because the local Midwest oil market is small. Keystone XL would thus also enormously increase the annual sales-volume of this currently deeply landlocked oil.

Moreover, if this filthy oil isn't sold out fast, it won't ever be sold at all; and here is why, as explained by no less than the Oil & Gas Sector Analyst at the world's largest bank (in terms of assets):

He says, "Between 60 and 80% of current fossil fuel reserves listed on global markets cannot be burned if we are to limit the rise in global temperature to 2 degrees [Celsius, or 4.5 degrees Fahrenheit]," and that's the temperature-rise 97% of climatologists endorse as being the cut-off point that mustn't be exceeded if the climate is to avoid going haywire with soaring heat and destroying the planet's biosphere as humans have always known it.

So: U.S. President Obama has been aggressively pushing for the largely-Koch-owned Canadian tar-sands oil to be allowed into European markets in order for that portion of their — and Exxon’s, etc. — oil reserves to be sellable at all, because it otherwise might not be.

The Koch brothers are generally considered to be the biggest fundraisers for the U.S. Republican Party. On 5 January 2012, the Washington Post headlined, "Koch-backed political coalition, designed to shield donors, raised $400 million in 2012” and Matea Gold reported that, "The resources and the breadth of the organization make it singular in American politics,” and that, "Its funders remain largely unknown.” However, one self-admitted member,

Jack Schuler, a Chicago health-care entrepreneur, attended one of the Kochs’ donor meetings in Beaver Creek, Colo., several years ago and has contributed about $100,000 a year to their efforts since then. “They came across as guys who are putting a lot of their own money into it,” Schuler said. “They are pretty soft-spoken, not screamers or screechers. They provide the leadership, the staff — without the framework, I wouldn’t do it on my own.”

A large portion of that $400 million went to Republican Mitt Romney’s campaign against Barack Obama’s re-election bid. Obama supports the Kochs financially, though the Kochs preferred the self-declared Republican candidate.

Thus, apparently, the Kochs have already won Obama’s success at defeating the EU’s fuel-quality standards, even if the TTIP gets turned down. The EU did it without needing to go all the way to put in place and effectuate the TTIP.

NOTE: The headline to this article says “Despite the Public’s Overwhelming Opposition,” but the publicly available scientific polling on these secret treaties is also being gamed. Early on, the polls had asked respondents whether they approved of “free trade” or other such vagaries, and the public did. Then the polling just stopped, as if that was that, and Obama’s proposed ‘trade’ deals are popular. But the massive public demonstrations, etcetera, since then, against these treaties, have become increasingly clear that, to the extent people actually come to know about Obama’s proposed ‘trade’ treaties (especially in Europe, which isn’t quite as corrupt as is the U.S. and so fewer people are totally in the dark), they’re strongly opposed, and might even revolt violently if that’s the only way to stop the treaty from being approved. News such as you’re reading here has been submitted to the news-media in all Western countries, but only few publish it. The major advertisers have participated in the committees that drafted these treaties, and probably wouldn’t be pleased if their handiworks were known to the public in time to be blocked from going into effect.

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Tyrone Shoelaces's picture

Secret laws, along with secret courts and secret prisons to detain and torture people who disagree.


What could possibly go wrong with that?



cougar_w's picture

I dunno maybe ... guillotines could suddenly show up?

hedgeless_horseman's picture



The terms of Obama’s proposed TPP ‘trade’ treaty with Asian countries won’t be made public until the treaty has already been in force for at least four years. The terms of Obama’s proposed TISA (Trade In Services Agreement) with 52 nations won’t be made public until the treaty has already been in force for at least five years. Obama’s proposed TTIP treaty with European countries has been so successfully hidden, that even the number of years it will be kept from the public isn’t yet known.

Enough said.  But I will quote this book again.

"What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand, or so dangerous that, even if the people could not understand it, it could not be released because of national security. And their sense of identification with Hitler, their trust in him, made it easier to widen this gap and reassured those who would otherwise have worried about it.

sam i am's picture


The European fools...


NATO Is Marching Towards Russia, and They Have No Idea What Awaits Them

America is fully aware that the way to draw Russia into a conflict is to push forward towards Russia’s borders. In time, Russia will be forced to defend its right to exist, and when this happens, western powers will not know what hit them


fudge's picture

Nope, NATO does know what's waiting, it's the public who allow this to happen who don't know what's waiting.

Skateboarder's picture

Boiled frogs, the tyrant's favorite delicacy. Jump, you fools! The water is boiling.

(sad to see one of the last GMO-free zones getting assrammed)

HH's quote needs to be understood by every living human, but we are too busy staring at our fartphones. Distraction is the messenger of death - "we didn't see it coming. HALP US!! HALP!"

swass's picture

..wait.. I thought I was reading an article about Global Warming and Koch's.  This author seems to have bought into the global warming hysteria.  Hardly a defense of the Koch's, as they are as dirty as their oil, too.  

divingengineer's picture

 I can't imagine how f***** we must be if they have to jump the shark like this to keep the show going for a few more years

Haus-Targaryen's picture

It blows my mind how fundamentally screwed up the United States has become.  

jeff montanye's picture

wasn't the first world war helped out the birth canal by secret treaties?

Macchendra's picture

Backdoor neoliberal market deregulation is what these are always about.  They are not about leftism, so everyone can go back to sleep.

BarkingCat's picture

That Mat Rodina blog article is bullshit in the first paragraph.

"One important historical fact about Russia is that Russia is a unique civilizational empire built upon defense not offense. What this means is that historically, Russia does not start the wars, or series of wars (though it may strike first in a confrontation that is punctuated by a series of wars). In Russian history,"

That is complete horse shit. Russia did not get to be the biggest country on this planet by being cozy little peacenicks. In it's past Russia has been both the one invaded and also the aggressor.

They might behaving in a defensive manor right now, but saying that has always been the case is simply laughable.



fudge's picture

Hey don't ya know that the people just want to get on with their lives ;)

Why not write the truth, people are fucking stupid and people are fucking cowards.


doctor10's picture

Anytime you start hearing about "5 year plans" you can assume a communist mindset at work.

FIAT CON's picture

The world needs to replace the Big corporations, the politicians, and the media, maybe they would make some tasty soylent green.

Anonymous User's picture
Anonymous User (not verified) FIAT CON Oct 20, 2015 9:47 PM

Someone should OFF these Koch brothers. 

And not just them, most of US oligarch too.

fudge's picture

(in an article that the Guardian  declined to publish in its printed edition)

-_- and I'm surprised the neojew rag guardian would not print because ?..........................? the gutless fucking swine are all in this together.

Philo Beddoe's picture

The problem with the idiotic electorate across the globe is that they do not understand the word free and its Madison Avenue derivation. 

Free trade. Free pussy. Free gift. Free offer.  

Close to open. 

Open trade. Open pussy. Open Gift. Open offer. 

Closer to secret. 

Secret trade. Secret pussy. Secret gift. Secret offer. 

True to mirror image. 

Trade secret. Pussy secret. Gift secret. Offer secret. 


Goldilocks's picture

!VAT(FU)!  urp style!

Agent P's picture

Most. Transparent. Administration. Ever.

yogibear's picture

Europe is currently being overrun by radical Muslims and Sharia law.

It's over for Sweden and the rest of Europe.

fudge's picture

then the plan is working fine :D :D :D

Wahooo's picture

Not yet. Putin will flex his Influence across the Middle East and settle things down for the EU. Putin desires a peaceful and prosperous Europe.

o r c k's picture

Is this the trade deal where corp's can sue a municipality for lost revenue if the municipality has laws that prevent the corp's from making a profit from violating those laws?

Ms No's picture

That's probably part of it the rest of it can only be speculated about.  For all we know it's a manifesto for fascist corporate takeover, actually that is probably likely.  They are pissed that Europe wont eat Monsanto frankenstein food so it wouldn't be surprising if they were going to be fed that against their will, in stealth.  Judging by all of the insanity that is passed before our eyes one can only imagine how bad this is going to be.  Also, just because they call it a trade deal doesn't mean that it is necessarily contained within those boundaries.  Do we have any reason to believe that this cloak and dagger deal has boundaries?   

BarkingCat's picture

I foresee lots of dead national level politician when this hits the people at the local level.

In Europe it it will the EU level politicians and bureaucrats experiencing rope burns around their necks.

homebody's picture

goodbye America and the land of the free

SillySalesmanQuestion's picture

Things must really be going badly for TPTB to ramrod this down our throats BEFORE it's even signed and approved.
They must be crazier than bat-shit if they think this can be passed without anyone getting to read what's in it for FIVE YEARS...of course, they passed Obamacare without reading what was in it.
Death to these fucking globalists, banksters and so-called elected scum!
Millions of us, only tens of thousands of you...

ersatz007's picture

Do you have a plan to see that it doesn't get passed? Because apparently it's getting passed in Europe even in spite of massive protests. There have been virtually no protests (not that they matter) in the US.

SillySalesmanQuestion's picture

My plan would surely earn me jail time and or death...if anyone cared.
Please see Hedgeless Horseman's post above.

DipshitMiddleClassWhiteKid's picture

europe gettin muh dicked by immigration and TTP


there will be massive amounts of civil unrest in the EU and here in the USA within the next 2 years.


St.Louis and Baltimore were just previews


lots of hunky crackers gonna get #muhDicked

Philo Beddoe's picture

there will be massive amounts of civil unrest in the EU and here in the USA within the next 2 years.

Not gonna happen. Buncha fucking indoor cats waiting to be fed. 

Ms No's picture

"The terms of Obama’s proposed TISA with 52 nations won’t be made public until the treaty has already been in force for at least five years."

People should really be apologizing to conspiracy theorists right about now, many of which have been right for going on 50 years.  Shit is about to get real and it looks like that 5 years maybe a possible timeline.   I can't believe they are getting away with this.   

moneybots's picture

"The terms of Obama’s proposed TPP ‘trade’ treaty with Asian countries won’t be made public until the treaty has already been in force for at least four years. The terms of Obama’s proposed TISA (Trade In Services Agreement) with 52 nations won’t be made public until the treaty has already been in force for at least five years. Obama’s proposed TTIP treaty with European countries has been so successfully hidden, that even the number of years it will be kept from the public isn’t yet known."


Stupid is, as stupid does.

Nothing occurs in a vacuum.

are we there yet's picture

God works in mysterious ways.
How is it even possible to implement a trade treaty with unknown rules and terms?

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Hey consider it a bonus from the "white chimpanzee" that gave you the NDAA the last day of the year 2011 when he said he wouldn't sign it because it would give him too much vested power but signed it anyway and the American people simply ignored it to the point of reelcting him for a second term as his reward!

Isn't slaughter gong to be a wonderful thing and so deserved?!!!...

earleflorida's picture

What is the difference between China, the European Union, and the United States?

On Feb.21,1972 Nixon/ Kissinger opened up trade with communist china, approx. six[6]months after 'the infamous 'Nixon [Bretton Woods] Shock'. But, the key events in history didn't stop here? Not to be outdone by Nixon,... Bush#43 [had enough tyme for Big Business/ MultiNat'l] gave the Chinese a free-pass in the coveted 'WTO' on Dec.11,2001, just three[3] fucking months after '911'! Remember that China was, and still is a 'Communist Country'!

Not since 'Pearl Harbor' has America disgraced itself in allowing business and global trade to circumvent our nat'l security with immediate actions and follow-thru regarding retribution against the Taliban/al`Qaeda which Clinton made Bush#43 totally aware of! Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld ignored the dire warning. Ironically he did notify one[1] area airports to check the terrorist list and that was only the NY Int'l AirPorts. Fucking amazing! Note: The CIA was created to prevent Pearl Harbor's in 1945 by Truman? Ps. OBL wasn't even on the most wanted terrorist list until 2000, and that wasn't even near the top! Again, amazing!!!

Next, we have the European Union [EU] created in 1997. Basically, it is a 'socialist community'! For those of us who studied history,... socialism is the kissing-cousin of communism. It is a total failure today, on the brink of collaspe. How in the fuck did the United States ever puzzle together this "Picasso' is beyond fathom?

Lastly, we have the USA, which since '911' has morphed into a Monarchy[?],... oh for God's sake, let's be honest with ourselves. Under Bush#43, Cheney,and Rumsfeld, etel,.. it has gutted the constitution and relegated the 'congress and supremes' useless, under a 'Imperial President' accountable to no-one. Just snap ones fingers and declare,"America at War" and your Caesar!!!     

Now, I ask you what is the difference between the three?

China will never change, period!

The EU will implode without first jumping on the Chinese bandwagon as the British have [with their noses so far up Xi ass today], and those Vichy scumbags. All will immediately jump, being borderline Socialist/Communist [think the fucking French and German Nazi's]to begin with.

And, now we have the untimate United States that is so Nazi/Germany & Fascist Italy 1939 its hard to parse today from yesteryear if your a history fanatic trying your best to get out of this surreal apocalypse, jingoistic, kafkaesque situation...'Welcome to the 'Neo/Lib' New World Order'... where commi's, socialist, and republic's meet Mr. Orwell's long awaited 1984-- 2016 style!

onmail1's picture

Democracy is by public , for public & of public


Demoncracy is..

by demons(cabals, banksters, corporations, capitalists, drug trafficers, cock$ucking homos, sociopaths, vampires, soul harvestors)

for demons (-do-)

of demons (-do-)

Heil Demoncracy , its takeover is complete in Obama's time


Lyman54's picture

He lost me when he started babbling about global warming and CO2.  Do these idiots know what happens when the global cooling cycle starts?  3000 foot deep ice sheet covering 1/2 of north america.

GRDguy's picture

Now you know how agents of The Great Red Dragon operates. Secretly slithering until they're ready to devour.

Joe A's picture

On the TTIP deal the EU commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malström told a campaigner that she does not take her mandate from the European people. She is right of course. She takes her mandate from big fat corporations and lobbyist who are willing to sacrifice labor, social and environmental rights of people in both the EU and the US for their own greedy benefits.

For more info on the wheelings and dealings regarding TTIP and other dubious business practices in the EU:

shutterbug's picture

PUBLIC LAW for every politician in every country to join TIPP.

Hanging might be old fashioned but We Can come up with some modern style.

Last of the Middle Class's picture

We absolutely MUST have more chinese made plastic shit available at wallyworld. Everyone knows that's the problem with the economy. Shit on a stick,those guys making policy are stupid.

Rastech's picture

@ Last of the Mid

In the summarised words of the deranged, barking mad extremist Trotsky (even a broken clock is right twice a day), who was so deranged and extreme even the Russian Communist Party booted him out, over time, the political class deteriorates into complete idiocy.

That might be the only thing he got right.

factgasm's picture

Serious question: Can any one tell me which legislative chambers adopted TTIP legislation if any?

European Parliament? British Parliament?

Praeda2's picture

Written by some Commie "democrat" with a hardon for the Koch losers.

"tar sands oil [the world’s worst oil from a global-warming standpoint]"

No, it isn't. It's hugely wasteful of water, it pollutes the ground where it's drilled and generally screws up the area, but it does not change the global temperature.

A good article, would explain HOW it benefits the corporations who pushed for various measures. Because unless they know, EXACTLY what's in it, they can't benefit from it. This is about money, so whose making out on this? It looks as though we're getting screwed (again) on drugs for instance. How does Novartis making more money from this? Tell us that, people who might buy or sell this and that stock.

But hey, 8 retards thought this was a '5 star' article haha.