News Digest Item
06 Jun 2018

“Now, it’s about saving the Paris Climate Agreement“ - Merkel

Clean Energy Wire

Ahead of the G7 summit in Canada, German Chancellor Angela Merkel reiterated the importance of her government’s commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement, after the US had decided to leave the accord last year. “All the more it’s on us to reach our targets, and one has to be honest and say that Germany still has to do quite a bit to make its European contribution,” said Merkel at government question time in the federal parliament (Bundestag). “Now, it’s about saving the Paris Agreement, because it’s crucial for our planet.” Merkel said it is “desirable” to include climate protection in trade agreements. This, however should not mean that talks about trade relations with the US should be halted. “To connect everything with everything and make any talks about trade impossible is also not in the interest of Germany, I think.”

For background, read the CLEW articles Isolating Trump, 19 G20-members say Paris climate deal "irreversible,"  and Merkel calls for honouring Paris Agreement as climate action at home falters as well as the factsheet The story of "Climate Chancellor" Angela Merkel.

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