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Barlow speaks against CETA in Karlsruhe, Germany

Maude at forum in Karlsruhe

Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow spoke at a public forum in Karlsruhe, Germany today on the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), the United States-European Union Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provision.

A media release states (in German), “The alternative Nobel Prize winner Maude Barlow will be in Karlsruhe for a public discussion ahead of the Paris summit on climate change.” It highlights a panel discussion with her, Bishop Prof. Dr. Jochen Cornelius-Bundschuh, MEP Sven Giegold, and Gabor Paál, chief science editor at the SWR radio. The forum took place in the atrium of the Evangelical Supreme Ecclesiastical Council in Karlsruhe.


At the public forum, Council of Canadians trade campaigner tweeted:

  • Sven Giegold, Maude Barlow, Bishop Jochen Cornelius-Bundschuh and Gabor Paal talk about CETA and TTIP at Karlsruhe

  • Barlow recounts how ISDS lawyer said even if change laws to not drink liquid plutonium, companies have right to sue

At a media conference earlier in the day, Dey tweeted:

  • Maude Barlow in press conference with Bishop in Karlsruhe, Germany to speak about Canada’s lessons from NAFTA

  • Maude Barlow in Karlsruhe talking about how a climate agreement could be protected from trade agreements and ISDS

  • Maude Barlow says that CETA needs independent analysis before anyone thinks of approving

Today’s events were organized by the Evangelische Akademie Baden (Protestant Academy Baden).

Barlow has been in Europe since November 1.

Her time there began with a Global Justice Now organized tour against CETA, TTIP and ISDS that went to Dundee, Scotland (Nov. 1), Leeds (Nov. 3), London (Nov. 5), Oxford (Nov. 6), Cardiff (Nov. 7) and Dublin (Nov. 8). She then spoke on the same issues in Madrid (Nov. 10-11), Barcelona (Nov. 12) and Vienna (Nov. 16-17).

On Nov. 19-21, Barlow was in Bregenz, Austria at a ‘Project of Hope’ event with Right Livelihood award laureates Sima Simar and Jumanda Gakelbone, who work to defend the right to water and land for the Kalahari people in Botswana. The website for those events noted, “Often covering completely different topics, the Laureates visit schools in the area, take part in public panel discussions and in a full day conference.”

On Nov. 23, she spoke in Geneva at a panel discussion on ‘Global Advocacy and Local Action – Working towards an enabling environment for the promotion and protection of economic, social and cultural rights’. That forum included Jumanda Gakelbone and Camille Selleger from the International Baby Food Action Network.

Yesterday, Barlow spoke at a gathering of about 85 people in Geneva. There she talked about the importance of public water (versus water privatization) and trade justice.

Tomorrow, Barlow will arrive in Bern. During her visit there, she will be presenting a blue community certificate to aki – Katholische Hochschulseelsorge, an institution in the domain of spiritual welfare for university students and professors. She will also be giving a keynote address about our blue communities project.

Barlow will then travel to Paris on Nov. 29 for the COP 21 climate talks there.

For more on Barlow’s work in Europe, please see:
Barlow in Bregenz and Geneva for Right Livelihood Award events (Nov. 19, 2015)
Barlow & Dey share concerns about CETA with members of the Nationalrat in Vienna (Nov. 17, 2015)
Barlow in Vienna to challenge CETA (Nov. 16, 2015)
Barlow challenges CETA in Barcelona (Nov. 13, 2015)
Barlow challenges CETA in Spain (Nov. 11, 2015)
Barlow meets with Right2Water Ireland activists in Dublin (Nov. 10, 2015)
Barlow says no to CETA at UK parliament and at public forum at University of Westminster (Nov. 5, 2015)
Barlow challenges CETA in Leeds, says it will mean more tar sands oil in Europe (Nov. 4, 2015)
Maude Barlow challenges CETA at Global Justice Now event in Manchester, England (Nov. 2, 2015)
Barlow speaks against CETA in Dundee, Scotland (Nov. 1, 2015)

Photos: Barlow speaks at a media conference n Karlsruhe. The audience at the public forum in Karlsruhe. Photos by Sujata Dey.