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feb 6 2015 : One major obstacle to the political endgame of the (TPP) is the reassertion of core democratic principles, evidenced by two recent developments.

First, the politicians still seem to believe they can get away with signing a deal of this magnitude while keeping it secret.

However in early January, the European Commission announced it would publish the whole text of the parallel TTIP once negotiations are concluded, well in advance of its signature and ratification.

The commission was responding to trenchant criticisms from European Union Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly in an inquiry into the secrecy surrounding TTIP. She found the significant potential impact of TTIP on the lives of citizens meant that key documents had to be published.