News Digest Item
29 May 2017

Merkel says majority of G7 “will not budge” on Paris Agreement

German Federal Government

German chancellor Angela Merkel has described the climate talks at the G7 meeting in Italy as “very unsatisfying”. The US’s reluctance to say whether it will remain in or leave the international Paris Agreement on climate protection had created a “six against one” situation, Merkel said in a press statement released by Germany’s Federal Government (Bundesregierung). “We did not beat around the bush and stated very clearly that we – the six [G7] member states plus the EU - will of course stand behind the targets,” the chancellor explained. “The Paris climate agreement is not just any agreement but rather a key treaty for the management of globalisation,” Merkel said, adding that “we will not budge from our position”.

See the CLEW article International climate community pins hopes on Merkel to sway Trump for more information.

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