Katja Kipping, a member of the German Parliament, was granted two hours to read the super-secret Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
treaty between the United States and the European Union. The secrecy was suffocating. "I am not allowed to tell you anything about the text I read. But I never signed anything to say I can’t reveal what I DIDN’T read. [...] I read nothing to alleviate my concern that the US side wishes to make life more difficult for public and community enterprises
and to secure better terms for transnational corporations in the battle for public tenders. I also read nothing to calm my fears that EU negotiators are prepared to sacrifice our social and environmental standards for the prospect of winning lucrative contracts for big European firms.
I read nothing that would lead me to reconsider my previous criticism that consumer protection plays no part in TTIP, other than to proclaim free market competition to be the highest form of consumer protection that exists. [...]
"It is revealing in itself that the Ministry for Economic Affairs is prepared to go to such lengths in order to keep the text of TTIP under wraps. And they have every reason for doing so. Anyone who was going into these negotiations to enhance environmental protection, consumer protection, and labour standards would have nothing to fear from transparency. Anyone who’s engaged in selling out democracy,
on the other hand, is obviously going to want to avoid public scrutiny." (War on Want):http://www.waronwant.org/media/what-i-didn%E2%80%99t-read-ttip-reading-room