Demonstrations against TTIP and CETA

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VCI's president Marijn Dekkers comments the ongoing debate about trade policy and the upcoming demonstrations against TTIP and CETA.

VCI's president Marijn Dekkers advocates an active shaping of globalisation instead of leaving this to players like China. In his opinion, it would be fatal to see free trade agreements like TTIP and CETA as a threat. - Photo: © VCI/René Spalek
VCI's president Marijn Dekkers advocates an active shaping of globalisation instead of leaving this to players like China. In his opinion, it would be fatal to see free trade agreements like TTIP and CETA as a threat. - Photo: © VCI/René Spalek

Marijn Dekkers, president of the German chemical industry association VCI, on the ongoing debate about the trade policy and the upcoming demonstrations against TTIP and CETA:

“A large part of Germany’s prosperity is based on the successes of companies on international markets. We should not lose sight of this fact. It is deplorable that so many people currently see the free trade agreements with Canada and the USA as a threat to our society. Globalisation will not simply disappear; it will be driven forward by other actors like China. Therefore, we should now use the chance to shape a globalisation with fair rules.”

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