250,000 People in Berlin Protest the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

By Victoria Hines

On October 10, approximately 250,000 protestors took to the streets of Berlin to stress their opposition to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The TTIP is a free trade deal that is currently being negotiated between the U.S. and the European Union. The criticisms of this deal mirrors many complaints that have been made about the recently concluded Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal between the U.S. and Pacific Rim countries. Moreover, opponents warn that the TTIP could force public services, including the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS), to privatize. European anxieties regarding trade agreements are perhaps even greater than American fears since freer trade is bound to have a more radical effect on European services and values.