EU to become US colony

The Hungarian government should stop "flirting around" with the free trade agreement between the European Union and the United States of America and finally refuse to sign it. 

In the past few weeks, several government politicians have criticized the EU-US negotiations about the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán says Washington puts pressure on us to achieve the ratification of the treaty. State Secretary István Mikola declared that "if we cannot enforce Hungarian interests", the country would veto the agreement. The government party's parliamentary faction leader, Antal Rogán stated that a bad treaty would be just like a bad IMF loan, but he still saw a chance to benefit from the agreement as the American market may open for "Hungarian companies producing exportable goods."

Jobbik MP and deputy faction leader Márton Gyöngyösi believes that this kind of "doublespeak" must be stopped immediately, because neither Hungary nor Europe can benefit from the proposed agreement. In his view, the "most pressing issue of our era" is whether the EU can retain any of its remaining sovereignty or becomes a US colony for good. He reminded the public how clearly the Ukrainian crisis revealed Brussels' lack of an independent foreign policy agenda and how exposed the EU was to the United States in terms of security, since the US treats our continent as a "geostrategic base".

In the politician's opinion, if the free trade agreement is implemented, the EU will finally lose its economic independence to Washington and the American multinational companies. He pointed out that even though the media focuses on the elimination of customs restrictions, the agreement would entail much deeper consequences, too. For example, the partnership treaty would mean that legal disputes between national governments and multinational companies would be decided by "profit-oriented private courts." Thus "we would give up the last means that could enforce international capital to comply with the regulations." He believes that American agricultural products would be dumped on Europe without any restrictions, and Hungary's GMO-free status, which is laid down in our Constitution, would be jeopardized as well.

Gyöngyösi pointed out that even though "Brussels keeps talking about transparency", the negotiations with the US have completely been lacking any transparency, and the particular closed chapters would only be disclosed after their finalization. Jobbik demands to render the entire process transparent so that EU citizens could truly and freely decide whether they need the agreement or not.

He reminded the public that the EU had already signed a similar agreement with MERCOSUR, the organization of South American countries, and Hungarian interests were not enforced back then, either. The EU has opened the door wide for South American agricultural products, while the European (including Hungarian) agricultural sector did not get the green light to enter MERCOSUR countries. He believes that this example clearly indicates how Brussels gives priority to the interests of the most developed, richest member states and multinational companies in each case like this.

 

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