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Fake News: Angela Merkel Did NOT Say Nation States Must Give Up Sovereignty To New World Order

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Sun, 30 Dec 2018 23:19:39 Z)

Did Angela Merkel say states must give up sovereignty to the "New World Order"? No, that's not true: while Merkel did call on states to surrender some sovereignty she did not mention a "New World Order" and she stressed the importance of parliamentary approval for this process. The article making the claim also contained several other doctored or made up quotes.

The story went viral via an article published on ZeroHedge on December 28, 2018 titled "Angela Merkel: Nation States Must "Give Up Sovereignty" To New World Order" (archived here) which opened:

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"Nation states must today be prepared to give up their sovereignty", according to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who told an audience in Berlin that sovereign nation states must not listen to the will of their citizens when it comes to questions of immigration, borders, or even sovereignty.

No this wasn't something Adolf Hitler said many decades ago, this is what German Chancellor Angela Merkel told attendants at an event by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Berlin. Merkel has announced she won't seek re-election in 2021 and it is clear she is attempting to push the globalist agenda to its disturbing conclusion before she stands down.

"In an orderly fashion of course," Merkel joked, attempting to lighten the mood. But Merkel has always had a tin ear for comedy and she soon launched into a dark speech condemning those in her own party who think Germany should have listened to the will of its citizens and refused to sign the controversial UN migration pact:

"There were [politicians] who believed that they could decide when these agreements are no longer valid because they are representing The People".

"[But] the people are individuals who are living in a country, they are not a group who define themselves as the [German] people," she stressed.

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Angela Merkel: Nation States Must "Give Up Sovereignty" To New World Order

"There were [politicians] who believed that they could decide when these agreements are no longer valid because they are representing The People But the people ... are not a group who define themselves as the [German] people." - Angela Merkel

The article bases this on a German report about a speech Merkel gave on November 21, 2018 for the Konrad Adenauer foundation in Berlin. The German article speaks about multiple speakers and panels but here is the section about Merkel as translated by Google Translate:

Angela Merkel calls for willingness to surrender sovereignty
Chancellor Angela Merkel advocated a reconciliation of interests at the international, parliamentary level. "Nation-states should be willing to give up their sovereignty today," Merkel said on Wednesday in Berlin. But this should be done in an orderly process, which would require a parliament.

At the event "Parliamentarism in the Tension of Globalization and National Sovereignty", international parliamentarians discussed ways of resolving populism and the 2019 European elections.

Merkel explained that Germany had given up part of its sovereign rights to the European Union. "But the states are the masters of the treaties". This requires always the backing and the decision of the national parliament. The heart of democracy is parliament, Merkel said, referring to an earlier quotation from Prof. Dr. med. Norbert Lammert.

Trust and the willingness to compromise are important keys in this national and international tense relationship. Especially in the discussions about the United Nations Migration Pact, it became clear that fundamental issues would be called into question. It questioned the democratic legitimacy of the institution and its conventions, even if they were decided a long time ago by the national parliaments. She criticized that "there are people who believed that they could determine when these agreements would become invalid because they represent the people". She denied this nationalism. "The people are the people who live permanently in one country and not a group that defines them as a people," emphasized the Chancellor.

Nowhere does she mention the "New World Order" and there is no place where she says "sovereign nation states must not listen to the will of their citizens when it comes to questions of immigration, borders, or even sovereignty".

It appears the article was credited to Macedonian fake news website tapainfo.com where it was published on December 23rd (archived here).

Angela Merkel: Nation States Must 'Give Up Sovereignty' To New World Order

"Nation states must today be prepared to give up their sovereignty", according to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who told an audience in Berlin that sovereign nation states must not listen to the will of their citizens when it comes to questions of immigration, borders, or even sovereignty.

That site is part of a network of fake news sites reposting content from other sources:

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The original source seems to have been the notoriously unreliable NewsPunch (formerly YourNewsWire), archived here:

Merkel: Nation States Must 'Give Up Sovereignty' To New World Order

"Nation states must today be prepared to give up their sovereignty", according to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who told an audience in Berlin that sovereign nation states must not listen to the will of their citizens when it comes to questions of immigration, borders, or even sovereignty.

NewsGuard, a company that uses trained journalist to rank the reliability of websites, describes zerohedge.com as:

A right-leaning financial news blog that fact-checking sites have flagged as a propagator of conspiracy theories and misinformation. The site frequently publishes stories sympathetic to Russia's government.

According to NewsGuard the site does not maintain basic standards of accuracy and accountability. Read their full assessment here.

We wrote about zerohedge.com before, here are our most recent articles that mention the site:

YourNewsWire has published several hoaxes and fake news articles in the past so anything they write or publish should be taken with a large grain of salt. Their Facebook page "The People's Voice" lost its verification checkmark according to a report from MMFA.

The Terms of Use of the site also make it clear they don't really stand behind the accuracy of any of their reporting:

THE PEOPLE'S VOICE, INC. AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE SUITABILITY, RELIABILITY, AVAILABILITY, TIMELINESS, AND ACCURACY OF THE INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS CONTAINED ON THE SITE FOR ANY PURPOSE.

The site was profiled in the Hollywood reporter where it was described as:

Your News Wire, a 3-year-old website of murky facts and slippery spin, is published by Sean Adl-Tabatabai and Sinclair Treadway -- a Bernie Sanders supporter in 2016 -- out of an apartment in L.A.'s historic El Royale.

RationalWiki described it as:

YourNewsWire (styled as YourNewsWire.com[1]) is an Los Angeles-based clickbait fake news website known for disseminating conspiracy theories and misleading information, contrary to its claimed motto ("News. Truth. Unfiltered").[1]

A while ago we also reported that YourNewsWire had rebranded itself as NewsPunch by changing its domain name in an apparent effort to evade filtering/blocking.

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About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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