US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel made a joint pitch Sunday for deeper transatlantic trade in the face of mounting opposition, vowing to force through a vast US-EU trade pact.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Obama is working overtime to force through his globalist trade pact TTIP because that is the main tool that will effectively erase Europe’s borders. The One World Government is being assembled at a very rapid rate, but it will depend heavily on who the next American president will be. A Donald Trump presidency would deal a major blow to Obama’s TTIP, which is one reason why the elites don’t want him in.
After talks in the northern town of Hanover where tens of thousands marched Saturday against the planned deal, Obama said the world’s largest trade pact could be finalised by the end of the year.
“Angela and I agree that the United States and the European Union need to keep moving forward with the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations,” Obama said.
Obama and Merkel inaugurate Hannover Messe 2016:
“I don’t anticipate that we will be able to have completed ratification of a deal by the end of the year, but I do anticipate that we can have completed the agreement.” Both sides hope the pact will provide a shot in the arm to Western economies that are still struggling to erode the devastating effects of the global financial crisis.
“As you see other markets like China beginning to develop and Asia beginning to develop and Africa growing fast, we have to make sure our businesses can compete.”
Thousands of anti-TTIP activists rally in Hannover ahead of Obama visit:
Merkel echoed that sentiment, saying the deal was “extremely helpful to allow our economy in Europe to grow”. “It is good for the German economy, it is good for the European economy,” she said.
But Obama acknowledged there was popular opposition.
“People are unsettled by globalisation,” he said. “People visibly see a plant moving and jobs lost and the narrative develops that this is weakening rather than strengthening the position of ordinary people and ordinary workers.”
“The benefits often times are diffused.” Ahead of the meeting there was a sign of the significant hurdles that remain. Merkel’s Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel warned the deal “will fail” if the United States refused to make concessions in “buy American” clauses.
‘Right side of history’
Merkel and Obama also discussed world crises including Syria and Libya. On Syria, Obama defended his decision not to impose a safe zone that could help stem flows of migrants and refugees into Europe that have hurt Merkel politically.
“Sadly, it is very difficult to see how it would operate short of us essentially being willing to militarily take over a big chunk of that country.” But he rushed to Merkel’s defence over the refugee crisis, saying she was on “the right side of history”
Obama’s trip — perhaps his last official visit to Germany before leaving office in January — coincides with the Hanover Messe, a large trade fair that demonstrates German industrial prowess.
It follows stops in Saudi Arabia and Britain, where Obama plunged headlong into the debate over membership of the European Union. Obama pitched in on the side of Prime Minister David Cameron, arguing that Britain would be lose influence and trade opportunities if citizens vote to leave the EU in a June referendum. source