In Greece, Obama tries to reassure North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies

In Greece, Obama tries to reassure North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies

Obama informed the Greek audience why those values are so important.

President Barack Obama arrived in Greece Tuesday morning on the first stop of his final foreign tour as president.

Greek riot police used tear gas and stun grenades in central Athens Tuesday to disperse about 3,000 left-wing marchers after they tried to enter an area declared off-limits to demonstrators.

President Obama called for a "course correction" for the global economy Wednesday in an effort to stave off the nationalist impulses being felt in the United States and Europe.

President Barack Obama is opening a speech in Athens with a tribute to the birthplace of democracy.

Outgoing US president Barack Obama has said North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ties were "unwavering" despite the election of Donald Trump, but warned of the "volatile mix" of poverty and populism. And no one expects that the executive tutoring will substantially change Trump's vast differences with Obama, who he called the worst president in USA history.

About 5,000 people attended the anti-establishment protest, police said. But he said, "We can't look backwards for answers".

On Friday, he'll meet with the leaders of France, Italy, Spain and Britain.

He will end his final overseas tour as president in Peru.

Obama's argument centered on the notion that economic inequality, while a growing problem, can be addressed without a full rejection of globalization.

Tsipras, held his tongue for the most part, noting that Trump was now the president-elect and would be a major player on the world stage.

Obama said countries across Europe as well as the United States were confronting populist movements based on a fear of intruding global forces, arguing people "are less certain of their national identities or their place in the world".

And to listeners at home fearful about Trump, he offered a path out of the wilderness, albeit a long and winding one.

On his final overseas swing as President, Obama faced urgent questions from his counterparts about Trump's victory and his plans for the U.S. going forward.

Obama spoke during a visit originally planned as a valedictory lap, but which has become focused on reassuring jittery allies after the shock election victory by Donald Trump, a staunch critic of free trade agreements.

Obama and his closest advisers were irritated when it leaked out that Trump, during his White House visit, had displayed a lack of thorough knowledge about key issues while Trump's aides appeared unfamiliar with the process of staffing up a White House, officials said.

At a news conference with Obama on Thursday, Merkel diplomatically said she was approaching the incoming Trump administration "with an open mind".

Trump garnered support on the back of promises to build a wall on the USA border with Mexico, ban Muslims temporarily from entering the U.S. and rip up trade deals that he said had hurt American workers.

The debt-crippled country depends on worldwide bailout loans, and has been forced by creditors to implement deep income cuts, tax hikes, welfare cuts and economic reforms.

But after the near-collapse of negotiations with Greece's creditors, Tsipras performed a political about-face: He signed up to a new bailout and more austerity to prevent his country being forced out of the euro.