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International dismay at Germany’s 2020 climate target lapse

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Angela Merkel (Pic: European People’s Party/Flickr)

Reports Berlin will abandon its ambitious carbon-cutting goal with two years to go are “disheartening” and “problematic”, say observers

January 10, 2018 — Germany’s reputation as a green leader is slipping, after reports this week the putative government will give up on meeting its 2020 emissions target. Continue reading International dismay at Germany’s 2020 climate target lapse

Merkel under pressure to tackle toxic smog as German election nears

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A German protester wears a mask reading ‘Diesel-Abgase toeten’ (Diesel emission kills) in Berlin.
Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

Chancellor doubles funds set aside to improve air quality to avert court-enforced diesel ban and backlash from motorists

September 5, 2017 — With less than three weeks until the German elections, pressure is mounting on Angela Merkel to tackle the deadly smog in a large number of cities or face a court-enforced Continue reading Merkel under pressure to tackle toxic smog as German election nears

Merkel to put climate change at centre of G20 talks after Trump’s Paris pullout

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The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, welcomes the president of the European council, Donald Tusk, in Berlin before a meeting with European G20 heads of state. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

German chancellor says Trump administration’s decision to quit Paris climate agreement means EU must show leadership on issue

June 29, 2017 — Tackling climate change will be one of the central tasks of the upcoming Hamburg G20 summit of the world’s largest economies, the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, said on Thursday, following the US withdrawal from the Paris climate pact. Continue reading Merkel to put climate change at centre of G20 talks after Trump’s Paris pullout

Paris climate deal: frustrated world leaders prepare to move on without US

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Donald Trump with Angela Merkel and Tunisian president Beji Caid Essebsi at the G7 summit. Merkel said: ‘The whole discussion about climate has been difficult, or rather very unsatisfactory.’ Photograph: Flavio Lo Scalzo/AP

Trump is reportedly poised to pull out of Paris – prompting murmurings that the world would be better off without American involvement

June 1, 2017 — Donald Trump’s Twitter pledge to make a decision on whether to remain in the Paris climate agreement this week promises resolution to months of fevered lobbying over US involvement in the global accord. Continue reading Paris climate deal: frustrated world leaders prepare to move on without US

Defiant Merkel defends refugee stance after attacks

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel gestures during a press conference in Berlin on July 28, 2016. Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Merkel tells reporters that the assailants ‘wanted to undermine our sense of community, our openness and our willingness to help people in need’

BERLIN, Germany (July 29, 2016) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday, July 28, rebuffed calls to reverse her welcoming stance toward refugees in the wake of a series of brutal attacks in the country.  Continue reading Defiant Merkel defends refugee stance after attacks

Saudi Arabia, Germany to ratify UN climate deal in 2016

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Angela Merkel on Petersberg Climate Dialogue

Europe’s top economy and world’s second-largest oil producer signal plans to ratify global pact to limit warming to sub 2°C

July 6, 2016 — Leaders in Berlin and Riyadh are planning to ratify the UN’s new pact to slash greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the year,1 it was announced today.  Continue reading Saudi Arabia, Germany to ratify UN climate deal in 2016

World condemns Brussels bombings as strike on European democracy

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CRISIS MEETING. French president Francois Hollande (C) speaks with Prime Minister Manuel Valls (R) and minister of defence Jean-Yves Le Drian (L) after they held a crisis defense meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, March 22, 2016. Photo by Ian Langsdon/EPA
World leaders unite in condemning the carnage in Brussels and vowed to combat terrorism

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Mar. 23, 2016) — World leaders united Tuesday, March 22, in condemning the carnage in Brussels and vowed to combat terrorism, after Islamic State (ISIS) bombers killed around 35 people in a strike at the symbolic heart of the EU.

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EU, Turkey strike deal to send back migrants

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PROTEST. Refugees stage a sit-in on rail tracks during a protest of migrants near their camp at the border between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), near Idomeni, Greece, March 12, 2016. File photo by Nake Batev/EPA
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is now set to formally sign off on the accord at a final meeting with EU leaders

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Mar. 18, 2016) — EU leaders approved a controversial deal with Turkey to curb the huge flow of asylum seekers to Europe, with all migrants arriving in Greece from Sunday to be sent back.

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Merkel in firing line over refugees after regional vote ‘debacle’

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Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), at the final campaign event of the CDU Baden-Wuerttemberg, in Haigerloch, Germany, March 12, 2016. Daniel Mauerer/EPA
The elections are largely regarded as a referendum on Merkel’s decision to open the country’s doors to people fleeing war

BERLIN, Germany (Mar. 14, 2016) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel was facing fresh pressure Monday, March 14, over her liberal refugee policy after a drubbing in regional elections described as a “debacle.”

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Merkel’s CDU in poll hammering as backing for populist AfD surges

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DISAPPOINTMENT. Supporters of Angela Merkel’s CDU party react after state elections exit poll results are announced on tv an election party in Berlin on March 13, 2016. Jens Kalaene/AFP
Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is defeated in 2 of 3 states in regional elections, and scores a historic low 27% in its stronghold Baden-Wuerttemberg

STUTTGART, Germany (Mar. 14, 2016) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party suffered a major setback in key state polls Sunday, March 13, over her liberal refugee policy, while the right- Continue reading Merkel’s CDU in poll hammering as backing for populist AfD surges