With negotiations on TTIP still ongoing and temperaments running hot over the issues involved, we asked the German and US people what exactly their thoughts were on TTIP and trade in general. All the results can be found in this new study.
- The nature of trade deals is changing. Nowadays, trade agreements are less about lowering tariffs than about harmonising regulation.
- Many people are – afraid, that the new type of regulation, established by trade deals such as TTIP, is going to affect social, labour and product standards negatively.
- It is no longer only TTIP that is being criticised, also free trade in general is viewed with an increasing degree of scepticism
- However, if the TTIP deal is used to promote qualitatively good regulation, it might set a precedent for a generation of trade agreements that improve the conditions of trade and -address many of the criticisms that have been made of past trade agreements.
Are you interested in a shorter version of the study? Check out our newest blogpost on the issue HERE!