(Germany) Merkel to Challenge Trump on Climate Change: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said this year’s G20 summit will focus on furthering the aims of the Paris climate deal – putting her on a direct collision course with Donald Trump.
Mrs. Merkel told the German parliament she was aware it may be difficult following Mr. Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the accord.
However, she said, tackling climate change remained a priority for Europe.
The summit of the world’s largest economies takes place next week.
As host, it is up to Mrs. Merkel to set out the priorities of the annual meeting, which is being held in Hamburg.
This year, the Paris climate agreement, established to limit the impact of carbon emissions on the environment, with countries committed to keeping the rise in global temperatures “well below” 2C, will be among them.
Mrs. Merkel will be joined by leaders including Mr. Trump, Britain’s Theresa May and newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron. The latter has made his views on Mr. Trump’s climate change stance entirely clear, pledging to “make the planet great again” – a play on the American president’s election slogan.
Speaking to parliament on Thursday, Mrs. Merkel also took a strong line on Mr. Trump and his decision on climate change.
“The differences are obvious and it would be dishonest to try to cover that up. That I won’t do,” she said.
“The European Union unconditionally stands by its agreement in Paris and will implement it speedily and with determination.”
“More than that: since the decision of the United States to leave the Paris climate agreement, we are more determined than ever to make it a success.”
Taking what appeared to be a second swipe at Mr. Trump, Mrs. Merkel went on to say: “Those who think that the problems of this world can be solved with isolationism or protectionism are terribly wrong.”
Contributed by Dr. Colin O Jarrett