Germany’s Merkel Comes Out as Basically a U.S. Agent

Eric Zuesse

On Wednesday, April 1st, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet approved a measure to bring fracking (the patents for which are owned mainly by “large American companies, including Halliburton, Baker Hughes and Schlumberger”) into Germany. This is a prelude not only to U.S. President Obama’s secret Trans-Atlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) pact with Europe to subordinate national laws and regulations to trans-national mega-corporate panels that will be dominated by U.S. firms and that will override the participating nations’ environmental and labor regulations and consumer protections (and harm European economies generally), but it is also a major step toward removing Europe from Russia’s energy-market, and bringing U.S. and European oil companies to dominate there instead.

German Economic News headlined on April 1st, “Precursor to TTIP: Federal Government brings Fracking to Germany,” and reported that:

The controversial shale gas extraction (fracking) process is coming to Germany: In order not to provoke excessively large protests at home, the federal government highlighted that fracking is initially allowed only for testing purposes. But in fact, the draft law of the Federal Environment and the Federal Ministry of Economics, approved today by the the Cabinet, also allows subsequent large-scale extraction of shale gas….

The American interest in a continuing conflict simmering in Ukraine also causes Europeans to fear that Russian gas could stop and thus drive Europe to give up our still considerable resistance against fracking. Some US politicians have personal interests, such as the US Vice President Biden, whose son works for a Ukrainian fracking company.

Last year [U.S. agent, friend of Angela Merkel, and EU Council President, Donald] Tusk wrote in a commentary in the Financial Times that ‘excessive dependence on Russian energy’ is an EU weakness. Currently, the EU countries derive 44 percent of our natural gas from Russia and 33 percent from Norway. … Objectively, there is no reason to be afraid of the Russians: Even Angela Merkel acknowledged a few months ago that Russians have always accurately fulfilled their gas contracts and therefore are a reliable partner.

Halliburton and Baker-Hughes have merged, and are the two major owners of fracking patents. Schlumberger is third. ExxonMobil is a distant fourth. So, this could produce a huge boost to those stocks.

The fact that the only independent economic analysis of the impact of the TTIP finds that, without a doubt, it will harm European economies, and especially will increase the inequality of wealth in both the U.S. and EU, suggests that the U.S. aristocracy’s control over European aristocracies must be rather strong in order for the TTIP to be moving forward toward approval by, apparently, people such as Merkel and Tusk. Merkel has already shown that she is the EU’s enforcer of austerity (“the Washington Consensus”) upon the residents in Greece and Spain in order to guarantee payments to the bondholders of those countries; but in the present instance, the aristocrats whom she is serving are specifically, if not only, American ones. And, in particular, the oil companies that will be primary beneficiaries of her pro-fracking maneuver are mainly American ones. She comes from the former East Germany, and, apparently, hates Russia just as the CIA-connected Barack Obama does. 

After the Cabinet meeting, a joint press conference was held with Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, in which he said and she seconded, that Ukraine was ready to join the EU and was making the required progress toward rooting out corruption, and toward other matters. He said that the only barriers against that are Russian aggression, and a shortage of money from Germany and from other Western nations. The two leaders stated that the front-line against the threat from Russia is Ukraine, and Merkel promised to do what is needed in order to help.

As a Russian news report put it: “Reassuring each other in their heartfelt friendship, mutual hatred of Russia, and the bright prospects of Ukraine being on the way into Europe, the heads of Government remembered their shared history. Yatseniuk again accused Russia of trying to ‘privatize the history of Ukraine’, referring to the debate on the participation of Ukrainians in the victory over Nazi Germany. The Prime Minister of Ukraine proposed to celebrate 8 May as a day of reconciliation and European solidarity.”

The following 8-minute video interview with John Perkins, the author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, clearly explains the economic-exploitation, conquest, model, which is behind such coups as Obama did in Ukraine:

And there’s an even more information-dense, and yet easily understandable, 2-minute video with Perkins, and links to associated scandals. at:


Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity, and of Feudalism, Fascism, Libertarianism and Economics.

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  • MC

    NAFTA….GATT……TTIP…..All undermine the sovereignty of nations…..Its pathetic and very sad indeed. This has to be stopped. Why we allow them to construct a cage around us I’ll never know. Do we feel more secure as slaves than freeman?

    • There are several thousand agreements contracts all containing ISDS provisions, the lot of them have to be annulled.

      All done in complete secrecy by a government that promoted transparency during the election campaign.

      Why do they do it? — Government is their stepping stone — Being a public servant offers these traitors an opportunity — After their stint as public servant is over they hope to score lucrative appointments in the corporate world.

      EZ explained it well in this recent and brilliant article —

      Why do they do it — So far we appear completely unable to hold them accountable to their various oath’s of offices — Instead they’re proving to be far more loyal to the investment class than the electorate they’re meant to represent, talk about conflict of interest.

  • SausageAway

    TTIP is the biggest threat to sovereignty the world has ever seen.Its undemocratic and does not serve the interests of the public., On a world level, the publc needs to speak out about this or we will be selling ourselves and future generations down the river.

  • John
  • David J Gill

    This article is trivialized by an absurd title. Obviously the Chancellor of Germany is not a US agent. In fact, Merkel has made both gestures friendly to Russia and because Germany is more or less being blackmailed by Putin on energy supplies she has pandered to Russia on some occasions in recent years.

    • Why does she roll over and play nice when she should be strongly opposed to fracking?

  • So if fracking can be done in Germany it can be done in any EU country, Germany can say it’s not so bad we did it, see.
    I’ve seen enough of Frau Merkel to come to the conclusion that she is a tool of Washington. Her kind are called Atlanticists in Germany, that means they see their future with linked to the U.S.

    • It always goes back to those contractual obligations, specially designed to ensure that nothing ever happens unless the aristocrats stand to reap some benefit.

      • And we know one of the crime family’s last name, Biden.

        The Ukrainian gas company that Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, just joined is a growing conglomerate that has been compared to “Exxon in its early days.”

        • True, lil hunter sitting on the board of Burisma, sure that’s the result of cronyism.

          Time after time, various government employees from all over the world prove that their loyalty is not fully dedicated and focused on the nation and the electorates that they sworn an oath to protect — But that of the transnational corporations and who are loyal to none but their off shore tax havens — IMO this happens to be a serious conflict of interest.

          How can the public be to blame for not being able to hold their representatives accountable to their oath of office, in effect their representatives have sold them out.

          • Well at least for now we can shine a light on them, although it seems to have little effect. As I have said they remind me of a crime syndicate, there’s a lot of do this and you get a carrot don’t do it and you get a regime change. And we will take a cut off the top. That’s a mafia organization. And people die and get beat up and tortured. They may couch it with legalisms and flowery language, to me it’s perfume on a pig. At the end of the day it’s still a pig.
            And these F#uckers will say we’re leading, leading America to greatness, NO you are not, your leading America into the sewer.

          • The consequences of these policies are effecting people world-wide.

            This is the thing about FTA’s and ISDS, they are all about protectionism, deliberately and cunningly designed to influence manipulate all member governments.

            Including the governments that are not a member as they will not be allowed to trade with the other nations.

            And then they use ISDS to penalize governments for subsidizing renewable energie projects with the shallow argument that they are protectionist.

            Just like the anti BDS clause added to the fast track application, that’s also protectionist however this suggests a motive for Neo-Con influence in the design.