Strong Swedish support for TTIP

During the last two years Swedes’ positive attitude toward TTIP has not changed writes Europaportalen.se. In 2014, when the online magazine conducted a survey to measure Swedes’ attitude towards the TTIP agreement, 61% responded that they were positive. When the same survey was conducted this year the result changed marginally to 64% responding positively to the agreement. Both supporters and opponents would however like to see more public debate about the trade agreement. Tina Acketoft, Liberal member of the Committee on European Union Affairs, is satisfied with the result but surprised that the support is not stronger. “Considering what it looks like in the other 27 EU member states, I am really glad that we land at 64%. But you would think that a nation like Sweden should realise that trade agreements have built much of our wealth,” Acketoft told Europaportalen. Meanwhile, Håkan Svenneling, Member of the Riksdag for the Left Party, argues that the lack of public debate explains why the opposition toward TTIP does not increase. “Compared to other European countries we have had little debate about TTIP… which means Swedes are poorly informed about the negative aspects of an agreement.”

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Adin Mezquida Slette is a journalist at Mundus News and a regular contributor to the Monthly Policy Review. She holds a Major in Urban Planning from the Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University. She has additional credits in political science and economy from the American University of Paris, Universidad de la República, Uruguay and Stockolm University. Adin has worked as a Political Advisor to a County Council Commissioner at the Stockholm County Council with regional planning as her area of expertise. The past 12 years she has spent abroad. 10 years in Singapore and now since two years in the UAE were she has been raising a family and pursuing several projects of personal interest always keeping alive a strong interest for politics, economy and the environment.