Hated German Chancellor Angela Merkel has suggested countries should be willing to give up control over their own affairs and let organizations such as the European Union have more power in a veiled swipe at Brexit, as the German Chancellor threatens to derail Britain’s exit from the bloc.
Speaking at an event organized by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Berlin today, the outgoing leader of the Christian Democratic Union argued that countries should be prepared to make concessions in an “orderly procedure”.
She said parliaments should make the decision to sign such contracts, reports German news channel Welt.
Mrs Merkel, who last month announced she was controversially stepping down as leader of her party but not as Chancellor of Germany despite previously saying the two roles go hand in glove, said ceding power to a superstate is a better form of patriotism.
She told the event, titled ‘Parliamentarianism Between Globalisation and National Sovereignty’: “In this day nation states must today – should today, I say – be ready to give up sovereignty.
“But of course in an orderly procedure.”
Mrs Merkel said that countries who think “they can solve everything on their own” are simply nationalistic and not patriotic because they “only think about themselves.”
She said: “Either you are one of those who believe they can solve everything on their own and only have to think about themselves. That is nationalism in its purest form.
“This is not patriotism. Because patriotism is if you include others in the German interest and accept win-win situations.”
Mrs Merkel made the comments during a speech defending a United Nations agreement on migration which regulates the treatment of migrants around the world.
The pact was agreed in July by all UN member countries except the United States and will be signed in Morocco next month.
Mrs Merkel’s 13-year premiership has been noted for her open door migrant policy and the comments have been seen as a thinly veiled attack on President Trump and far right populist parties in Europe.
Meanwhile, Welt reported that French President Emmanuel Macron would be especially pleased to hear Mrs Merkel’s impassioned statement.
Mr Macron has visited Berlin this week and in a guest statement to the Bundestag, the German parliament, he called for a more united Europe.
During the address he said that every country must share decision making and co-ordinate foreign policy, immigration and development policies with each other.
The comments come after the two leaders jointly announced a new Franco-German arms deal.
In Berlin yesterday, the two governments said they would sign a contract with Airbus and Dassault Aviation to start working on a next-generation fighter jet in early 2019 and hope to make progress on a joint tank programme before the end of this year.
It is expected France will lead the aircraft project while Germany will spearhead the tank deal with the two countries working closely on the bilateral defence co-operation.
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
November 23rd, 2018