Friday, 29 January 2016

Polish Government and Opposition Back TTIP

An (un)likely new anti-democratic alliance has emerged in Polish politics, bringing together the ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS) and Nowoczesna (Modern). During a debate on foreign affairs in parliament, the Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski gave his support to the Transatlandtic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), joining the leader of the liberal Modern Party Ryszard Petru. 

The TTIP is a bi-lateral trade agreement between the EU and USA, which is being negotiated behind the backs of citizens. The deal aims to reduce regulatory barriers to trade for big business, in areas such as food safety law, environmental legislation, banking and nations' sovereign powers. It potentially opens up public services to privatisation, drives down labour standards and eases data protection laws (ACTA through the back door). 

The pretensions of PiS to be a patriotic party upholding the sovereignty of Poland; and of Nowoczesna to be a liberal party defending democracy are both exposed by their support for TTIP. 

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