Last week, German Green MEP Sven Giegold took a big risk. He leaked confidential Council of Ministers documents.
Until now, European citizens weren't allowed access to details of how their rights are undermined by foreign corporations. EU-US negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which are taking place in Brussels this week, would give corporations litigation rights over national parliaments, meaning any policy which loses them money will be severely punished in the arbitration tribunals.
That means it will be financially ruinous to get private sector providers out of the NHS or education services. It means weaker US-style consumer protections imposed in Europe. And it means campaigners will be helpless to prevent fracking.
The proposals are the largest trade deal in human history. They are a constitutional game-changer, giving foreign companies rights over national parliaments.
Consequently, they are clouded in mystery. The only sound you can hearRead More »from The leak which offers a rare glimpse into secret EU-US free market talks