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Barlow in Berlin for debate with Merkel on CETA and globalization

Maude and MerkelCouncil of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow is in Berlin today for a panel discussion with Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The panel is part of a G7 Civil Society Dialogue Forum being hosted by the German NGO Forum on Environment & Development, VENRO (the Association of German Development and Humanitarian Aid NGOs) and the German G7 presidency.

At today’s panel, Chancellor Merkel will present her G7 presidency priorities and policies. In the discussion to follow, Barlow will raise concerns about globalization, deregulation and ‘free trade’ agreements like the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The other panelists are Dr. Agnes Abuom, the moderator of the World Council of Churches, Dr. Bernd Bornhorst, the chairperson of VENRO, and Sebastian Schönauer, who is with the German NGO Forum on Environment and Development.

This event is taking place just prior to the G7 summit on June 7-8 at Schloss Elmau, which is located about 100 kilometres south of Munich.

Barlow will have a busy schedule while in Germany, including being the main speaker on April 22 at the Green Lecture on the United States-European Union Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and social movements.

Further reading
German chancellor says there are still a few matters in CETA “that must be clarified” (February 2015 campaign blog)
Canada-EU (CETA) (campaign webpage)

Photo: Maude Barlow, Angela Merkel