TTIP and the legitimate fears of the German public opinion

Germany is one of the member states in which public opinion is the most sceptical towards the Transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP) negotiations launched over two and a half years ago. Regulatory cooperation and the question of investor-state dispute settlement are notable areas of public worry.

This synthesis written by Elvire Fabry, senior research fellow at the Jacques Delors Institute, takes the principal elements of the debate organised in the German capital on 28 September 2015 by the Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin, in order to shed light on the objectives pursued by the EU, the methods used and the conditions for democratic control.

The debate was attended in particular by Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Matthias Fekl, the French Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, and Pascal Lamy, the former Director-General of the WTO and current President Emeritus of the Jacques Delors Institute, along with representatives of the European Commission and Parliament and experts in trade policy, international public law and investment.

Dr. Elvire Fabry is Senior Research Fellow at the Jacques Delors Institute, formally she was the director of the Fondation pour l’Innovation Politique.

Watch here the video summary of the debate.