Exclusive Exclusive: German Business Lobby Criticizes Berlin for Lukewarm TTIP Support

The German government has not campaigned aggressively enough for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the president of the influential lobby group the Federation of German Industries writes in a guest piece for Handelsblatt. “Instead of going into campaign mode a year before the federal elections and competing for the comments most critical of TTIP, the government and the leaders of the parties should keep their nerve,” writes Ulrich Grillo. Economics Minister Sigmar Gabriel, who leads the center-left Social Democrats, recently cast doubt on the future of the trans-Atlantic trade negotiations. “After three years of negotiations, we have to finally get some results or at least take honest stock of where the negotiations stand,” Mr. Gabriel recently told Handelsblatt. Mr. Gabriel, who supports a trade deal, called on the United States to make concessions and respect Europe’s consumer, environmental and labor standards. Other Social Democrats have declared the trade negotiations dead. The president of the association representing Germany’s family-owned businesses has called on Chancellor Angela Merkel to take a leadership role in the trade negotiations. “More competition and prosperity and less ideology,” Lutz Goebel told Handelsblatt. “The beliefs of some Social Democrats shouldn’t define the fate of trade in Europe.” Read the full story in Handelsblatt Global Edition on Monday  Picture Source: Reuters