Russian, Indian students creating friendship satelliteScience & Space August 16, 21:46
Zenit St. Petersburg loses 0:1 against FC Utrecht in first leg of Europa League play-offSport August 16, 21:34
Saakashvili plans to return to Ukraine on September 10World August 16, 21:23
Russian diplomat concerned over US and North Korean aggressive statementsRussian Politics & Diplomacy August 16, 20:32
Diplomat says US-made chemical weapons found in Syria prove West’s support for terroristsRussian Politics & Diplomacy August 16, 20:14
Russia’s St. Petersburg to host World Travel Awards in SeptemberSociety & Culture August 16, 19:37
Combat aircraft to make up over 50% in Russian state arms seller’s exportsMilitary & Defense August 16, 19:22
Poroshenko orders probe into reports about supplies of missile technologies to North KoreaWorld August 16, 19:08
Over 700 policemen to provide security at UEFA Europa League’s match in Russia's KrasnodarSport August 16, 19:02
BERLIN, November 11. /TASS/. The EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), as well as a similar agreement with the United States that has not been signed yet (TTIP) serves the interests of large concerns and is fraught with the risk of bloc confrontation, the co-leader of the Left Party faction in the German parliament, Sahra Wagenknecht, told TASS in an interview.
"Both treaties - the TTIP and the CETA - are a crackdown on democracy, on the norms of a social state, on clear environmental standards and on the rights of consumers. These treaties have little to do with free trade. To a large extent the point at issue is giving large concerns greater rights," she said.
"Both deals have a geopolitical side to them. The CETA and the TTIP breed the risk of a bloc confrontation, putting Europe and North America on one side, and China, Russia and the developing countries, on the other," Wagenknecht believes.
At the moment the TTIP talks have been practically frozen, chiefly due to the opposition from the mighty European agrarian lobby, which fears the EU farmers may fail to withstand competition with the US agri-industrial complex, which produces foods of inferior quality but at far lower costs. The EU sees the CETA as a TTIP prototype.