[Ip-health] Al Kamen in the Washington Post's In the Loop column: Support U.S.-EU free trade? The embassy in Berlin wants you!

Thiru Balasubramaniam thiru at keionline.org
Thu Jun 19 01:59:16 PDT 2014


http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/in-the-loop/wp/2014/06/17/support-u-s-eu-free-trade-the-embassy-in-berlin-wants-you/


In the Loop <http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/in-the-loop>

Support U.S.-EU free trade? The embassy in Berlin wants you!

BY AL KAMEN
<http://www.washingtonpost.com/al-kamen/2011/02/02/ABiEEAJ_page.html> June
17


Some folks in Europe — farmers, consumer groups, enviros, privacy advocates
and others — have strongly opposed  the U.S.-EU Transatlantic Trade and
Investment Partnership (TTIP) that’s now being negotiated.

Opposition in France and Italy had been strong. And now it seems the
Germans are looking increasingly askance at the treaty. But the Obama
administration,free-trade and business groups arepushing hard for an
agreement
<http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/kerry-promotes-us-european-trade-deal/2013/03/27/efeefc92-96d0-11e2-814b-063623d80a60_story.html>
.

So the U.S. embassy in Berlin is enlisting treaty-supporting Germans — even
offering cold, hard cash.

“Are you pro-TTIP and angry at the negative coverage it’s been getting?
Send us your ideas and we’ll support you!” the embassy, or “Botschaft,”
said in a tweet in German on Friday:


Du bist für #TTIP <https://twitter.com/search?q=%23TTIP&src=hash> und
ärgerst dich über negative Berichterstattung? Sende uns deine Idee und wir
unterstützen dich!

http:// <http://t.co/aJsHlYSIKm>

bit.do/T-TIP <http://t.co/aJsHlYSIKm>

11:40 AM - 13 Jun 2014
<https://twitter.com/usbotschaft/statuses/477384938820337664>

*12* RETWEETS *4* FAVORITES
<https://twitter.com/usbotschaft/statuses/477384938820337664>


That’s right, the embassy’s public affairs section has launched project
“T-TIP: Get Informed! Get Involved.” The section is “soliciting proposals”
<https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oLBKsA_4pmdzSrVlebl6buH6CFvES4JqKqfRwliANlE/edit?pli=1>and
offering grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 to German non-profits,
“non-governmental organizations, think tanks and academic institutions” to
get out the real “facts and figures” and to “combat misinformation.”

The embassy suggests things like “short documentaries on T-TIP” or an
“Expert Speaker Tour with proposed names for travel (including per diem and
honoraria).” You might want to set up a “T-TIP conference. . . that can be
live-streamed” or “digital posters in German” or set up a “website devoted
to T-TIP.”

The initial reader tweets included a couple who were supportive, some who
thought the tweet was a joke and several negative ones, such as: “Your PR
for TTIP won’t save this project, no matter how much money you pay” from
Maritta Strasser and a rather caustic one from “Unimpeachable,” who
tweeted: “TTIP cancels out democracy! This is an attack on all mankind and
the environment.”



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