Recently, the statements of the German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel has reignited the debate on the issue TTIP ( “Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership”), the Treaty – in the intention of the promoters – will start the free trade between the EU and the United States. It is a theme usually not very present in the media from time to time and treated concomitantly particularly significant media events.
Just the swirl generated by the statements of the Vice-Chancellor about the failure of the negotiations, which have followed the statements of European colleagues, would indicate that this argument is exploited for political purposes. The political situation of both parties, Europe and the US is certainly precarious, and this could actually bring to a break in the negotiations, but the economic and political entity of the treaty leaves no hope for a final break. Considering the different scenarios, the US elections are almost upon us and the administration Obama, true promoter of the agreement, is now at the end of the mandate. And if even the departing Clinton, politically akin to the political party of the outgoing president, was also favorable, now seems to have changed its mind, perhaps to neutralize an advantage of his opponent Trump, always opposite. Even on European soil France and Germany are close to new elections, and this does not guarantee a good leeway, in terms both temporal and political, for continuing negotiations. In particular, the German public is largely contrary to the transatlantic treaty, so excessive exposure would be costly to the government in power. Moreover, last June was unanimously renewed the mandate to the European Commission for negotiations, so after only two months would seem unlikely that several years of work may see a sudden end as well. Despite the hope of being in the wrong, however, it is not lawful be persuaded by a real cessation or interruption of the negotiations, as well as for the reasons listed above, as well as the trade agreement has always been covered by a curtain of secrecy.Therefore, an end so amplified in the media would seem inconsistent with the ever confidentiality intentions shown by the parties. On the other hand, even if he were to order the TTIP as we know, it has not ruled out any repetition under other garments or different channels, in line with the economic-political idea dominant in Brussels.