"The Biggest Protest This Country Has Seen In Years" - Quarter Million Germans Protest Obama "Free Trade" Deal

Tyler Durden's picture

When it comes to official and media opinion on Obama's crowning trade "achievements", the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade And Investment Partnership (TTIP), the party line is united. As previously noted, Barack Obama has assured the population that this treaty is going to be wonderful for everyone:

In hailing the agreement, Obama said, “Congress and the American people will have months to read every word” before he signs the deal that he described as a win for all sides.

 

“If we can get this agreement to my desk, then we can help our businesses sell more Made in America goods and services around the world, and we can help more American workers compete and win,” Obama said.

The mainstream media's chorus of support for these trade deal is likewise deafening: here are some indicative headlines from this past Monday:

The far less popular opposing view, one repeatedly presented here, is that like with every other "free trade" agreement that the U.S. has entered into since World War II, the exact opposite is what will actually happen: the outcome will be that the US trade deficit (which excluding petroleum is already back to record levels) will get even larger, and we will see even more jobs and even more businesses go overseas, thus explaining the secrecy and the fast-track nature of the TPP and TTIP's passage through Congress.

And while the US population, which is far more perturbed by what Caitlyn Jenner will wear tomorrow than D.C.'s plans on the future of world trade, has been mute in its response to the passage of the first part of the trade treaty, the TPP - after all the MSM isn't there to tell it how to feel about it, aside to assure it that everything will be great even as millions of highly-paid jobs mysteriously become line cooks - other countries are standing up against globalist trade interests meant to serve a handful of corporations.

Case in point Germany, where today hundreds of thousands of people marched in Berlin in protest against the planned "free trade" deal between Europe and the United States which they say is anti-democratic and will lower food safety, labor and environmental standards.

TTIP critics fear that it would lead to worse safeguards in Europe, bringing down standards for consumer safety, food and health or labor rights down to those in America. European nations have stricter regulations for things like genetically modified foods or workers benefits than the US does. There is also discontent with the secretive nature of the negotiations, which prompts skeptics to assume the worst about the document they would eventually produce.

The organizers - an alliance of environmental groups, charities and opposition parties - claimed that 250,000 people were taking part in the rally against free trade deals with both the United States and Canada, far more than they had anticipated.

As many as 250,000 protesters gathered in Berlin, according to organizers
 

"This is the biggest protest that this country has seen for many, many years," Christoph Bautz, director of citizens' movement Campact told protesters in a speech.

According to Reuters, "opposition to the so-called Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has risen over the past year in Germany, with critics fearing the pact will hand too much power to big multinationals at the expense of consumers and workers."

Popular anger appears to be focused on the encroachment by corporations into every corner around the globe:

"What bothers me the most is that I don't want all our consumer laws to be softened," Oliver Zloty told Reuters TV. "And I don't want to have a dictatorship by any companies."

Other are mostly concerned about the secrecy covering the treaty and its negotiations: "Dieter Bartsch, deputy leader of the parliamentary group for the Left party, who was taking part in the rally said he was concerned about the lack of transparency surrounding the talks. "We definitely need to know what is supposed to be being decided," he said."

As Deutsche Welle adds, the EU and US aim to conclude the negotiations, which began in 2013, by sometime next year. The next round of negotiations is set to begin later this year. Once completed, TTIP would create the world's largest free-trade zone, home to some 800 million consumers.

Campaigners are particularly concerned about a provision in the deal that would allow companies to sue governments in special tribunals. Such an arrangement, they fear, would lead to an erosion of labor and environmental protections . TTIP's supporters dismiss such thinking and argue that the deal would boost the EU's economy by removing tariffs and creating common standards.

Gerhard Handke, who heads the Federation of German Wholesale, Foreign Trade and Services, told DW that TTIP would even help uphold such standards. Europe, he explained, would soon be overshadowed by other economic players, such as India and China. "Now is the time to set standards, rather than have other countries dictate them later on," he said. "Otherwise, one day, we'll have Asia setting those standards, without anyone asking us what we think."

Those gathered in Berlin, though, take a very different view. "We have heard these promises before, these promises of jobs and prosperity and growth," Larry Brown, a trade unionist from Canada - which is negotiating a similar trade deal with the EU - shouted into a microphone on Saturday as demonstrators clapped and cheered and several police looked on. "They are lies. They have to be stopped.”

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Oddly, few in the US aside from the fringe media, share any of these concerns.

In Germany however, the marchers banged drums, blew whistles and held up posters reading "Yes we can - Stop TTIP."

As Reuters adds, the level of resistance "has taken Chancellor Angela Merkel's government by surprise and underscores the challenge it faces to turn the tide in favor of the deal which proponents say will create a market of 800 million and serve as a counterweight to China's economic clout."

And just like in the US, the government is scrambling to soften the popular opposition before the deal is scuttled:

In a full-page letter published in several German newspapers on Saturday, Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel warned against "scaremongering".

 

"We have the chance to set new and goods standards for growing global trade. With ambitious, standards for the environment and consumers and with fair conditions for investment and workers. This must be our aim," Gabriel wrote.

 

"A fair and comprehensive free trade deal promotes growth and prosperity in Europe. We should actively participate in the rules for world trade of tomorrow," Ulrich Grillo, head of the BDI Federation of German industries, said in a statement.

Businesses hope the trade deal will deliver over $100 billion of economic gains on both sides of the Atlantic.

Which, naturally, is jargon for millions in cost-cuts and layoffs, meant to boost profitability and shareholder equity.

For now the U.S. public remains largely inert to the TPP and TTIP concerns sweeping the globe; we expect that to last until the next major round of layoffs hits the US, just in time for the NBER to admit the country has been in a recession for at least 6 months.

This is how the protest looked like covered by social networks and other non-US media outlets:

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Bank_sters's picture

Eat your soylent and shut up.   Oh, and while your at it, read the Codex ALimentarius which offers standards on food irradiation.

From the Codex-  If you want to trade then follow the rules!

ftp://ftp.fao.org/Codex/Meetings/CCFAC/ccfac33/fa01_12e.pdf

Beginning in 1980, many groups of experts have evaluated the results of research and have consistently confirmed the wholesomeness of irradiated foods. The 1997 Joint FAO/IAEA/WHO Study Group on High Dose Irradiation concluded (WHO Technical Report Series 890, 1999) that "food irradiated to any dose appropriate to achieve the intended technological objective is both safe to consume and nutritionally adequate". The Study Group also concluded that "no upper dose limit need be imposed" as "irradiated foods are deemed wholesome throughout the technologically useful dose range from below 10 kGy to envisioned doses above 10 kGy"

Latina Lover's picture

Unlike the average american shlub, 40% of whom can't understand a bus schedule, Germans can read. D

Bank_sters's picture

No wonder they are shipping in muslims at break neck speed.   

greenskeeper carl's picture

good for them. Here in america, they are more interested in making sure that if steve wears a skirt to school he is allowed to use the womens bathroom, or black lives matter bullshit.

 

Im sure obamatrde will do for the world's economy what obamacare did to healthcare- funnel more money to large corporations who own the government

I am Jobe's picture

Sure Amerika is a nation of Gays and Trans.

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

Remember this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-9ry38AhbU

 

Maybe not a quarter million.......but it was a lot.

847328_3527's picture

We need to vote these shitheads out.

Publicus's picture

The fire rises in Germany. Nationalism will save Germany, third time is the charm.

Nostradumbass's picture

If by "vote" you mean, do not support monetarily any of the corporate feudalists, expose corruption at every chance, inform others of the pathology of the internal propaganda which is channeled through virtually all of media, schools and government pronouncements, denounce the two party system/charade, expose the people who have the purse strings of the world - then yes!

You surely don't mean to waste the effort and time to tick a ballot did you?

simone's picture

Fucks do not vote. The fucks cannot understand why the shitheads remain in charge. The shitheads are in charge because they are in office.  They are in office because fucks do not vote.

CheapBastard's picture

I just heard the analyst on the radio this morning saying O'Bama's trade bill will put over 6 million Americans out of work. Mostly Democrats who will replaced by much cheaper labor in Vietnam, Filippines, etc

 

Hard to believe Dems are too stupid to realize thier own polticians are putting them out of work. Union leaders are letting them down Big Time.

lincolnsteffens's picture

Follow the money and you will find out why.

Chris Dakota's picture

They will follow their programing and just blame Bush.

FixItAgainTony's picture

The folks do not vote because their choices are corrupt incumbent vs corrupt challenger.

lincolnsteffens's picture

The vote is engineered through sophisticated mind control. The two main party Presidential candidates are selected and promoted because they are acceptable to the hidden financial powers. I am one of the Fucks that revoked his voter registration. Besides, as Stalin said, "It does not matter who votes but who counts the votes." This is why they want electronic voting which is much easier to tamper with. 

When you register to vote you proclaim you are a US Citizen. If you knew what a US Citizen actually means and not what you assumed it means you would not register.

When you swear you are a US Citizen you have become a part of the Federal Government, Inc.. The militarized Federal State then assumes you surrender you Constitutionally protected rights to change your status from a human being on the land to a part of the Federal Corporation that has its own regulations under the color of law. You now get to be regulated and are only granted limited privileges by the corp. state.

justdues's picture

The shitheadsd are in "office" because dumbed down slave minds like Simone DO vote , You aint from round these parts are you dearie ? Keep coming back . Step by step we,ll help you get "clean"

justdues's picture

Lincolnsteffens "gets it". Lincolnsteffens is "clean".

Nostradumbass's picture

The fucks vote.

The fuckers count the votes.

The fucks are fucked by the fuckers who are also the shitheads because guess who controls/monitors the 'free' elections?

Fuck the fuckers/shitheads and don't fucking vote fucks!

Moe Howard's picture

My understanding was there was a free concert first. Am I wrong?

Latina Lover's picture

Yep, must dilute the German Master Race (tm) ethnic demographic before they figure out they are really slaves.

datura's picture

well, but even in this case it is a stupid idea, because this will not turn Germany into a country of uniform robots and obedient and hard-working slaves! On the contrary. These immigrants certainly will not be obedient, nor hard-working! I am afraid they will be far less obedient than Westerners in fact. Not because they are more educated, but because they rely on more primitive instincts and will not be afraid e.g. to throw a bomb at a politician (like Westerners would be).

Of course, if the objective is to destroy Germany and plunged it into chaos, they got it right. But why TTIP then??? Germany will not be useful to anyone in such a condition, with such increasing chaos. I am beginning to think that our zionist rulers are just insane children. Nothing they do makes any sense at all. These social experiments will only turn against them. 

justdues's picture

It makes perfect sense Datura, what they fear more than anything is a cohesive Germanic/Viking race wise to their networked power fraud control. Look how they organised via their media/currency control the world to turn against a united and strenghtening Germany in the 30,s. The other non circumcissed (psychopath gene not triggered) white tribes of Northern Europe are their only true threat , the other lesser races they can dominate with ease they assume , just look at Israel versus the rest of the Islamic middle east.

LetsGetPhysical's picture

You understand the biggest population group in America is German right?

847328_3527's picture

I'm ok with that. In fact, why doesn't the Drone Master import moar Germans instead of the non-stop flood of MENAs?

Tallest Skil's picture

The biggest population group in America is American. Stop your delusional nonsense. Not a one of them thinks themself German, nor has since leaving their former country.

Bananamerican's picture

the trouble with germans and scots and irish is they don't breed like rabbits and they enjoy good order and independant thought...usually

Antifaschistische's picture

Every time any government anywhere promotes a "trade" deal, you can be sure, that it is only written to benefit one percenters.

The only thing the 99%ers need is for government to get OUT of negotiating trade deals.  Let me do my OWN damn negotiation.  

If I want to buy a Russian Kamaz Truck (which I do) get the hell out of my way!!!

When you travel the world and see a lot of cool vehicles that are not for sale here...you can guarantee it's because a trade "deal" prevents it.

The same is true for thousands and thousands of other products....and try getting your products into other countries.  Holy crap....tax tax tax.  Just get out of our way, and let us 99%ers...negotiate our own deals.

Fukushima Fricassee's picture

Mother Fuck that stupid queer Obama and his phone and pen. Long live the constitution.

ersatz007's picture

Yeah but at least we Americans are caught up on the latest episode of the Kardashians and dancing with the stars! And we protested about a flag.

ToSoft4Truth's picture

“40% of whom can't understand a bus schedule”

Which are these 40% - the producers who pay for the non-producers or? 

jwoop66's picture

Ha!  Yeah, go into any city in the US, and you'll see our best and brightest... riding the bus.    They also know their way around a govt benefits booklet.  Now that I think about it, they would make GREAT europeans!

junction's picture

What do you expect from Obama, a constitutional lawyer who doesn't know case law and can't write and has classified top secret his entire life before age 20.  Weatherman/deep cover CIA agent Bill Ayres ghost-wrote Obama's autobiography with the assistance of the "shoemakers" at the CIA.  Obama life story is a tissue of lies, so all he knows is how to lie.  Anyone opposing his New World Order propaganda can expect to be in a fatal car crash or getting killed at night under mysterious circumstances.  As what happened to Breitbart and almost happened to Spencer Stone, who would be dead now if not for some great surgeons.

Husk-Erzulie's picture

BO is neither a legal scholar nor a "constitutional lawyer".  In a Republic, jurisprudence is a noble calling.  In this shit show, it's just "flair" for a clown.

BlueViolet's picture

Good for the Germans. Europeans have cojones Americans left behind on the couch watching TV.

ElZorillo's picture

The western world is in the final stages of a planned implementation of a one world gov.

corsair's picture

True...but things are not going according to plan.

Rhal's picture

True. Collectivism never quite goes as planned. The idea that a boardroom full of central planners are smarter that an open market of millions is ridiculous once its realised that's what they are doing. 

They will seem to succeed - for a while. I'm guessing their replacement system will only last 3-4 years. Then we will have a full collapse!

Antifaschistische's picture

Yes, it's only a matter of time...perhaps long term, but only a matter of time before the world wakes up and realizes that living within borders with a collection of people with whom you share like values, not only maximizes happiness but also creates a well functioning civil society.

This movement has already been underway.   Look at the "subdivision" movement where people of similar values try to isolate themselves and their children from others.  This will only accelerate in the decades to come.

Unfortunately, there's no austrailia or New Zeland or South Africa left to retreat to.  That means...guns will be involved as people clear land and build their walls.

Bioscale's picture

The one who is pushing the new old order is not limited in time, corporations and organisational structures live through generations.

Which means either Germans starts fighting for themselves now or are fucked as hell for good. If they don't ally with Russia, they lost.

Freddie's picture

Many of the supposed conservatives over at Free Republic love TPP voting and Goldman Sachs guy Ted Cruz who is for open borders like Jeb and Rubio.   They are usually those Jonathan Pollard conservatives who do not like Christian V. Putin and bow to Nut and Yahoo. .

 

Amraphel's picture

putins no christian. just a mask to use for control of the sheep in russia

nnnnnn's picture

lucky obama is a christian who promotes gay marriage

 

damn this putin for being not a christian and dont promote gaysex to children

 

 

(btw i dont believe any leader being christian)

Amraphel's picture

i agree that no leader is a christian and i have no use for any human ruling others. it would just be nice to have this site go back to financials instead of being what is it now, an fsb? front.

for all the putin lovers on here tell us all, just what ARE the freedoms in putinland? freedom of religion for all? how about gun laws which seem a hot topic on zh, who owns them, or can they? i really don't know the answer to that but answered it should be. how many police etc. have their hand out for their own individual program of asset forfeiture? maybe part of the reason for so many dashcams?

or how about the news of the proposed law in putinland to allow govt. officials to own property w/o scrutiny. undeclared. beautiful cover to hide ill gotten gains that can no longer easily disappear overseas?

i don't care for or have any use of and have never supported any human leader or govt.. but a spade is a spade and putin is as corrupt as they come.

Ban KKiller's picture

Treaty is just basic corporate takeover. Just like the last ones...

TPTB HATE independence. 

Blopper's picture

The corporations that will get monopolistic advantages under the TTP deal most likely owned by the Jesuits.

Blopper's picture

The Vatican owned over 90% of the world's wealth, forment most of human history's world wars, civil conflicts, and unrests, and owns most of the worlds largest corporations that dominate most of the world's resources. The pope called Jesus and the Cross a failure. The Vatican is the scarlet whore that sits on the beast. And governments signing the TTP/TTIP deal to give far more power to the Vatican, commercially, are drunk with the whore's fornication.

I am Jobe's picture

While Amerikans are busy with Kardashians and stuffing their faces with crap .