Increasing trade between the EU and USA can be a good idea. But the planned trade agreement between EU and USA, TTIP seems to be all about giving big business what they want. That in EU we have for example more regulation then it comes to the enviroment, food safety, consumer rights and TTIP seems to be an excuse to decrease who's regulation. That at the same time decrease democracy to increase the power of big business. The intersting thing is that it's not only enviroment groups like FoEE and other NGO:s that have objection to the deal but also conservative papers like the Economist.
Existing and future protections threatened by EU-US trade talks | Friends of the Earth EuropePlans to create more compatible rules between the EU and the US on chemicals, food, public services, workplace health and safety, and financial regulation as part of EU-US trade talks (TTIP) are a threat to democracy and an attempt to put the interests of big business before the protection of citizens, workers, and the environment, according to over 100 civil society groups.
http://www.economist.com/news/financ...rs-arbitrationIF YOU wanted to convince the public that international trade agreements are a way to let multinational companies get rich at the expense of ordinary people, this is what you would do: give foreign firms a special right to apply to a secretive tribunal of highly paid corporate lawyers for compensation whenever a government passes a law to, say, discourage smoking, protect the environment or prevent a nuclear catastrophe. Yet that is precisely what thousands of trade and investment treaties over the past half century have done, through a process known as “investor-state dispute settlement”, or ISDS.