Anti-TTIP Global Day of Action, Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, 18.04.2015

StartbildToday was the Global Action Day to Defeat Free Trade and Investment Treaties. More than 1000 actions took place across the planet. Berlin’s largest event was a human chain from Potsdamer Platz to the Brandenburg Gate in which more than 4000 people participated.

There are a number of Free Trade and Investment Treaties brewing — CETA, TPP, TiSA and most prominently TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Merkel und Juncker have put concluding TTIP in 2015 on top of their agenda.

Negotiations between EU and US started in 2013 on condition that culture and media be excluded. Near the supposed end of the negotiations, it seems that the fears most of us had from the beginning come true and digital culture is coming back in the form of “audiovisual goods and services”.

Here some materials on this, alas mostly in German.

  • Eine mit dem Otto Brenner Preis ausgezeichnete Zeit-Reportage zum Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS): Im Namen des Geldes, 10. März 2014

And finally some impressions from today’s action day in Berlin:

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