The TTIP negotiations between the US and the EU started in 2013 and were held in secret. Obviously this secrecy immediately triggered suspicion and distrust among the European citizens but the authorities seem to have counted on the fact that the ever, lame public promises like “economic growth” and “more jobs” would be enough to sooth the situation.
When unavoidably it became known that in reality the main purpose was essentially to give more power and protection to (US) corporations, while at the same time reducing their liability in the case of being sued by either consumers or even governments throught the establisment of some parallel kind of justice which only would favor the corporations, it led to a series of growing protests in the whole of Europe reaching a peak in 2015.
Unable to fool the people of Europe any longer about TTIP….
on 15 April 2019, the negotiations were declared “obsolete and no longer relevant” by the European Commission. (wikipedia – as of 15/05/2023)