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Chlorine Concerts and Butter Books? TTIP Tests Germany’s Cultural Values

(Deutsche Welle)

Are literature and live music just banal trade goods? Germany’s creatives are concerned that TTIP will knock culture off its pedestal of protection. Here, culture is carefully shielded from the winds of the market.

The oldest orchestra in Germany, the Staatsorchester Kassel, was founded in 1502 and has been publically financed ever since.

That was over a century before the “Mayflower” brought the early freedom-seeking pilgrims to North America to escape unfair treatment by the state and 274 years before the Declaration of Independence was signed, entrenching the right to “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” into the American consciousness.

“There are basically no private orchestras in Germany,” Gerald Mertens, the head of Germany’s orchestra advocacy organization, the Deutsche Orchestervereinigung, told DW. Click here to read more.

Related: TTIP: Bad News for the Arts? (DW-Video)