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CETA + TTIP = North Atlantic Federation

Posted by on September 25, 2014.

CETA, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the EU, has been finalised. It is expected to be formally announced this Friday, 26 September 2014.

The President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso will meet the Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper in Ottawa on Friday 26 September. The EU-Canada Summit will announce the conclusion of the negotiations on the Agreement on Strategic Partnership (SPA). What is more, the completion of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is expected to be announced after five years of negotiations.

CETA is expected to provide the model for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the US. However, Germany now wishes to delay approval of CETA:

Facing sustained criticism of free trade and investor protection treaties CETA and TTIP between the EU, Canada and the USA, the German government now wants to delay approval of CETA.

This is how politicians work. Faced with sufficient criticism that might affect their electoral future, they delay things. Just long enough for the criticism to die down. People have short memories. Germany will approve CETA because it cannot change it. Marietje Schaake had this to say last week:

I look forward to learning more about the results of the public consultation, to which an unprecedented number of citizens and stakeholders replied. Even though the text of the CETA cannot now be changed, Commissioner, I urge the Commission to ensure that Europeans can engage actively and transparently with you to obtain clarification before having to give their votes.

This is typical European Union democracy at work: negotiate in secret, reach and sign agreements, then ask but ignore the people. It is how TTIP is currently being negotiated.

The reason for all of this secrecy is because these agreements are being ‘sold’ as trade agreements. But they are much more than that. They are political agreements. They are the groundwork preparation for a North Atlantic Federation which will inevitably follow just as the European Federation (Union) evolved without public involvement from the Common Market.

The American people should ask themselves if they would be comfortable with a European president; Europeans should ask themselves if they would be happy living with a G W Bush as president of the Federation. The only way to stop this is to stop TTIP being negotiated in secrecy.

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