There’s Only One Honest Free Trade Position on TTIP – Kill It

by Constantin Gurdgiev
David Stockman’s Contra Corner

In a recent op-ed in FT, Wolfgang Mu¨nchau raised a very valid point that globalisation, free trade and markets liberalisation do produce both winners and losers. Nothing new here. But the key point is that this realisation must be timed / juxtaposed against political and social realities on the groundQuoting from Mu¨nchau (emphasis is mine): “In the past two years, there has been a dramatic reversal of public opinion in Germany about the benefits of free global trade in general, and TTIP in particular. In 2014, almost 90 per cent of Germans were in favour of free trade, according to a YouGov poll. That has fallen to 56 per cent. The number of people who reject TTIP outright has risen from 25 per cent to 33 per cent over the same period of time.

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