A fundamental mistake in NAFTA, the CPTPP, the EU-Mercosur and almost all other trade agreements is that the texts and negotiating meetings that would cover these agreements are completely opaque to the population. They are developed and negotiated in secret, at least from the point of view of public opinion and civil society. Sometimes, industry representatives and other business interests are encouraged to consult texts or make recommendations on procedures, usually after agreeing to a Confidentiality Agreement (NOA) that prohibits them from sharing information with others. Wilson believed that, since the Treaty of London had been concluded by secret contracts, it was not valid, although he had no particular problem with the implementation of other secret war agreements, such as the Sykes-Picot agreement. Overall, Wilson has sought to find boundaries determined by the people of the region and not by outside parties. The Treaty of London also gave Italy territories whose population was not predominantly Italian. Wilson felt that the Slavic claims on some of the controversial regions were stronger than the Italian assertions.  The powers of the Agreement were not the only ones planning for victory. The Ottoman government had itself entered into a secret contract with Germany when it entered the war in August 1914 and looked into the possibility of a victory for the central powers. The leaders of the secret societies in Syria and Iraq, as well as the influential hashemite family of Mecca, who served as guardians of holy cities, had begun to develop a vision of a post-Ottoman Arab state in early 1915. The Damascus Protocol of May 1915 envisioned that all of Syria, Iraq and the Gulf, with the exception of the British enclave of Aden, would form an independent Arab state. In the end, Italy was denied other benefits promised by the treaty, such as a share of the German colonies and control of Albania.  Italy attempted to establish a physical claim in Anatolia, Turkey, but was quickly forced to evacuate.
The division of Tyrol on the water-sharing line was confirmed against the will of the majority German population by the Treaty of Saint-Germain. Sykes-Picot should be seen in the context of a series of secret discussions on the political solution of the Middle East after the war. The treaty was to be kept secret, but after the Bolshevik revolution in Russia, it was published in November 1917 by the Russian Bolshevik magazine Izvestia. France`s initial territorial claim extended to Mosul in northern Iraq to accommodate some of the promised oil deposits. The Treaty of London (Italian: Trattato di Londra) or, less rightly, the London Pact (Patto di Londra) was a secret contract between the Triple Agreement and the Kingdom of Italy, which led Italy to the Allied side during the First World War. April 1915 signed in London by Great Britain, France, Russia and Italy.  The intention was to separate Italy from its 33-year alliance with the German Empire and Austria-Hungary, the main central powers of the war, and to change its loyalty to the Triple Agreement, the most important ally in the war. The main bait for Italy was the promise of large quantities from Austria-Hungary in northern Italy and east on the Adriatic and the promise of funding by Great Britain. Italy, which remained neutral for the first nine months of the war, promised to go to war within a month. While they need secrecy, governments working on multilateral trade agreements realize that they cannot keep public opinion out forever. Some have put in place some sort of feedback mechanism to gather input from stakeholders. For example, in the run-up to the renegotiation of NAFTA, Creative Commons and thousands of other stakeholders, opinions on consultations in Canada, Mexico and the United States on negotiating priorities and objectives were formulated.
Are you listening? It is not clear that our concerns (or those of like-minded organizations working in the public interest) are reflected in the priorities published by member governments (see