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« on: April 18, 2015, 12:38:28 pm »

15.000 alone in Vienna today.

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Activists are taking to the streets on Saturday across Austria to protest against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, a free trade deal being negotiated between the US and EU countries.

 A huge alliance of groups have come together to organise a global day of action, in what is expected to be one of the biggest protests against the trade deal.

Known as TTIP, the deal aims to cut tariffs and regulatory barriers to trade between the US and EU countries, making it easier for companies on both sides of the Atlantic to access each other's markets.

Industries it would affect include pharmaceuticals, cars, energy, finance, chemicals, clothing and food and drink.

There has been a lot of opposition to the deal in Austria, with critics saying it would have an impact on food standards, arguing that the EU has much stricter regulations on GM crops, pesticide use and food additives than the US.

Heidemarie Porstner from environmental group Global 2000 told The Local that TTIP would open the Austrian market to cheaper products with poorer standards, and make it harder for small farmers to survive.

She also warned that large multinational corporations could use TTIP’s ‘investor-state dispute settlement’ to bully foreign governments into dropping legislation to improve food standards, and sue over claims of unfair treatment.  

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http://www.thelocal.at/20150417/activists-to-protest-against-ttip-trade-deal
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« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2015, 02:59:05 pm »

Good.  Anything that keeps the US from having the idiotically over-bureaucratic and protectionist PDO/PGI/TSG scheme foisted upon us.
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« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2015, 03:34:45 pm »

Good.  Anything that keeps the US from having the idiotically over-bureaucratic and protectionist PDO/PGI/TSG scheme foisted upon us.

The Europeans have to be protected from the US, not the other way round...
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« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2015, 07:23:12 pm »

Good.  Anything that keeps the US from having the idiotically over-bureaucratic and protectionist PDO/PGI/TSG scheme foisted upon us.

The Europeans have to be protected from the US, not the other way round...

I'll let Europeans be worried about their concerns, and I'll worry about American concerns.  The one I gave is why I can't support TTIP, not the overblown fear of GMOs that the EU has, even tho both derive from the fact that TTIP is a special interest sausage rather than the free trade package its backers pretend it to be.
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« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2015, 07:30:01 pm »

FFs!
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« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2015, 08:10:55 pm »

Sadly inevitable.
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