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German automakers lobby for US-EU trade deal

Europeans remain skeptical over concerns about environmental protections, labour security and other issues related to TTIP.

January 29, 2015   by The Canadian Press

PHOTO: Volkswagen AG

PHOTO: Volkswagen AG

BERLIN — German automakers are throwing their support behind a new trade deal being negotiated between the European Union and the US.

Representatives from major car manufacturers like Daimler, BMW, Porsche and Volkswagen lobbied Jan. 28 for the deal at an event in Berlin.

Organizer Matthias Wissmann, of the German Association of the Automobile Industry, says Germany, as one of the world’s biggest exporters, “benefits from and lives, like virtually no other country, on globalization.”

Negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP, started in 2013 but many Europeans remain skeptical over concerns about environmental protections, labour security and other issues.

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Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn called TTIP a “historic opportunity” that would allow Europe and the US to set joint standards, “which will shape our world in the coming decades.”

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