TTIP: an EU betrayal of transparency promises

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LeserraumKatja Kipping, the Die Linke (The Left) member of the German Bundestag gained entry to the reading room in which MPs alone are able to read documents relating to the trade deal between the EU and the USA

Thanks to War on Want for the translation

TTIP, the EU-US free trade deal, has secrecy written all over it. Those responsible for it live in dread of any public scrutiny. If it was up to me, I would give everyone who’s interested the chance to make up their own minds on the text of the agreement in its current form. Sigmar Gabriel, Minister for Economic Affairs and a top cheerleader for TTIP, has now set up a reading room in his ministry where since the beginning of February German MPs can each spend two hours looking at those texts on which consensus has already been reached.

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