TTIP and CETA Would ‘Remove People’s Rights From Basic Human Needs’

The controversial TTIP and CETA trade deals could leave people’s access to basic rights such as water and energy at the mercy of large multinational corporations as part of a wholesale takeover of public services, a new report has warned.

The ‘Public Services Under Attack’ report, released by a group of international NGOs and trade unions, claims that the CETA and TTIP trade deals, being negotiated between the EU, and Canada and the US respectively, would expose public services to highly damaging “commercialization” from multinational corporations.

While the UK government has previously stated that “TTIP will not change the way that the NHS, or other public services, is run,” the report has raised questions over the legitimacy of such claims, pointing out the ‘negative list’ approach to public services in the CETA deal. Continue reading

Brussels burns as more than 100,000 protesters clash with police during march against EU austerity measures

Riot police use their batons to beat back protesters after a mass demonstration against austerity measures in Brussels, Belgium

 

  • Fighting broke out after the end of largely peaceful trade union march
  • New right-wing government was elected in Belgium last month
  • It wants to raise retirement age, cancel wage rises and cut welfare benefits

Violence broke out on the streets of Brussels today as more than 100,000 people marched against EU-enforced austerity.

Water cannons and tear gas were used in the centre of the Belgian capital as riot police tried to bring the situation under control.

Fighting broke out soon after the end of a largely peaceful march organised by trade unions and left wing politicians.

‘Metal barriers were thrown at the police, together with stones, and then the situation rapidly got worse,’ said demonstrator Gilles Broussard.

‘Hundreds of riot police were involved in trying to bring the situation under control – it all got very nasty.’ Continue reading