RT NEWS: TTIP trade deal under pressure in Germany & US

04/21/2016

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April 21, 2016 | By: RT News

Public support for the transatlantic trade deal between the US and the EU known as TTIP is falling sharply in Germany and the United States, according to a survey conducted by pollsters YouGov on behalf of the Bertelsmann Foundation.

According to the poll, only 17 percent of Germans think the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is a good thing, down from 55 percent two years ago. One in three Germans (33 percent) are against the agreement completely.

In the United States, only 18 percent of people support the deal compared to 53 percent in 2014. Nearly half of US respondents complained about lack of information, saying they did not know enough about the agreement to voice an opinion.

The survey suggests the Germans’ negative attitude toward the TTIP can be explained by their “fear of lower standards for products, consumer protection and the labor market as a result of the agreement.”

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