Skip to main content

Common Dreams. Journalism funded by people, not corporations.

There has never been—and never will be—an advertisement on our site except for this one: without readers like you supporting our work, we wouldn't exist.

No corporate influence. No pay-wall. Independent news and opinion 365 days a year that is freely available to all and funded by those who support our mission: To inform. To inspire. To ignite change for the common good.

Our mission is clear. Our model is simple. If you can, please support our Fall Campaign today.

Support Our Work -- No corporate influence. No pay-wall. Independent news funded by those who support our mission: To inform. To inspire. To ignite change for the common good. Please support our Fall Campaign today.

On April 23, tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Germany to voice emphatic opposition to the TTIP. (Photo: campact/flickr/cc)

Pro-Corporate TTIP on the Ropes as Top French Officials Lambaste 'Bad Deal'

"At this stage, France says 'No,'" says president François Hollande

Deirdre Fulton

The corporate-influenced TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), exposed earlier this week as "an enormous corporate power grab," looks increasingly precarious.

French President François Hollande reportedly said Tuesday that he would "never accept" the current agreement, citing its negative implications for "the essential principles of our agriculture, our culture, of mutual access to public markets."

"At this stage [of talks] France says 'No,'" Agence France-Presse quoted Hollande as saying at a meeting of left-wing politicians in Paris.

Subsequently, French trade minister Matthias Fekl said a freeze in TTIP talks was the "most likely option" without concessions from the United States. 

Fekl told French radio that the agreement on the table is "a bad deal," the Guardian reported. "Europe is offering a lot and we are getting very little in return," Fekl said. "That is unacceptable."

He also warned that the TTIP could could "unravel" the climate change agreement that was agreed to in Paris and signed last month.

Climate justice advocates on both sides of the Atlantic have issued similar critiques. Monday's Greenpeace leak suggested that "hard won environmental progress is being bartered away behind closed doors," as Greenpeace Netherlands campaigner Faiza Oulahsen put it.

In the wake of the exposé, War on Want executive director John Hilary said the leak "marks the beginning of the end for the hated EU-US trade deal."

He wrote:

The leak of the TTIP text comes at a time when senior politicians across Europe have already begun to distance themselves from the increasingly toxic deal. President Hollande announced this weekend that France will veto any TTIP agreement that could endanger the country’s agricultural sector. Germany’s economy minister Sigmar Gabriel has also spoken publicly of TTIP collapsing, and has pointed the finger at US intransigence as the cause. When politicians start playing the blame game in this way, you know they are already preparing their exit strategies. The writing is on the wall.

Indeed, the Guardian said, "Tuesday's comments from the heart of the French government reveal how difficult TTIP negotiations have become."

Officials in Germany, as well as large swaths of the American and European public, have already expressed their opposition to the deal.

While he agrees that the TTIP is "almost fatally wounded," Global Justice Now trade campaigner Guy Taylor on Wednesday cautioned against complacency.

"While TTIP may be on the ropes," he wrote, "we still face a grave danger from CETA, a similar deal that’s a lot closer to being ratified and implemented between the EU and Canada. CETA is effectively a backdoor to TTIP, with any US corporation operating in Canada able to exploit its provisions to sue EU governments should they take decisions that may impact on expected profit margins."

Taylor concluded: "If TTIP is truly on its knees, we need to double our efforts to prevent this similarly toxic deal from being ushered in through the backdoor."


Our work is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). Feel free to republish and share widely.

This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.

Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news site. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do. Without Your Support We Simply Don't Exist.

Watch: Bernie Sanders Argues 'We Must End the Greed of Big Pharma'

The live address comes as the Senate Budget Committee chair continues to push for including Medicare expansion and drug pricing reforms in the Build Back Better package.

Common Dreams staff ·


Reconciliation Framework 'Not Enough' to Push Through Infrastructure Bill, Progressives Warn

"We need to have a vote ready for the Build Back Better plan, not a framework," insisted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. "We want to have both of these votes together."

Brett Wilkins ·


McDonald's Workers Join 'Striketober' and Walk Out Over Sexual Harassment

One striker participated because "McDonald's still refuses to take responsibility for the countless women and teenagers who face harassment on the job at its stores across the globe."

Jessica Corbett ·


Breaking: FDA Panel Recommends Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine for Kids 5 to 11

With just one abstention, the advisory panel voted 17-0 to approve the vaccine for younger children which scientific review has deemed both safe and effective against the deadly virus.

Common Dreams staff ·


Support our work.

We are independent, non-profit, advertising-free and 100% reader supported.

Subscribe to our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values.
Direct to your inbox.

Subscribe to our Newsletter.


Common Dreams, Inc. Founded 1997. Registered 501(c3) Non-Profit | Privacy Policy
Common Dreams Logo