Welcome Jordens Vänner
It is surprising that a tiny and insignificant organisation such as us was the only Swedish organisation to be part of this powerful and still growing anti TTIP coalition, Stop TTIP. Friends of the Earth in Sweden – or rather Jordens Vänner – is one of the new valuable additions to a coalition now composed of more than 340 organisations across Europe.
Jordens Vänner are more than welcome because it seems that Sweden is following a very liberal and positive approach towards the TTIP agreement. The usual neoliberal arguments about the TTIP as an engine to “promote competition” and “boost the economy” appear to be at the core of the government’s argumentation. At least that was before the late national elections that saw the Social Democrats (socialdemokraterna) gather the most votes. Nevertheless, even the newly-elected socialist party appears to be in total favour of the agreement (link in Swedish).
So yes, Friends of the Earth are welcome. We are sure that they will contribute to a change of opinions in Sweden. And who knows, maybe we will organise something together.