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TTIP will weaken European Food Standards

Specialities like Parma Cheese or Speck from Tirol are until now protected and can only be produced in their Region. If the TTIP trade agreement will happen these can possibly also be produced in he USA.

The USA are pushing to allow genetically modified food and meat from hormone treated animals (both now forbidden in the EU) into the European market.

See more in this article from the Sueddeutsche Zeitung (in German):


Stop TTIP and CETA

The EU soon intends to sign two far-reaching trade agreements: one with Canada (CETA = Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) and one with the USA (TTIP = Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership). The official line is that this will create jobs and increase economic growth. However, the beneficiaries of these agreements will be big corporations, not citizens:

Investor-State-Dispute Settlement (ISDS): Canadian and US companies would have the right to sue for damages if they believe that they have suffered losses because of government decisions (for instance new laws to protect the environment or consumer rights).

Improving or even maintaining our standards for food, labour rights, environmental protection and consumer rights will become much harder.

Liberalisation and privatisation would effectively become irreversible.

The EU and its member states would come under pressure to allow risky technologies such as fracking or genetic modification.

CETA and TTIP would increase the power of multinationals at the expense of democracy and the public. We must not allow this to happen! Please sign our European Citizens’ Initiative!


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Bicycle trip aound the world… since 1962


World cyclist Heinz Stuecke on the place de la Sorbonne in Paris, France (photo: Anthony Atkielski)

In November 1962, the 22-year-old Heinz Stücke quit his job as a tool and die maker, and rode out of his hometown on a three-speed bicycle, with a plan to see the world. He has never since returned to Hövelhof, stating that his extraordinary desire to travel has been partly motivated by his aversion to returning to factory work and “the very small-minded people” of Hövelhof.

In the early 1980s, after two decades on the road, Stücke decided to attempt to visit every country in the world. Between 1962 and 2010, he cycled more than 609,000 kilometres (378,000 mi) and visited 195 countries and 78 territories. From 1995 through 1999, the Guinness Book of Records described him as having travelled more widely by bicycle than anyone in history. (read more on wikipedia)