Source AP ©

Angela Merkel to make climate protection top priority at G-8 summit

Climate protection is a top priority for German Chancellor Angela Merkel at next week's G-8 summit.

"If the United States doesn't move, then others will also wait and see," Merkel was quoted as saying in an advance copy of a Der Spiegel magazine interview to be published Monday.

U.S. President George W. Bush last week called for 15 leading nations identified as major emitters of greenhouse gases to meet later this year. He said he wanted the group, including the U.S., China, India and major European countries, to come up with a global goal for carbon emissions but decide themselves how to reach it.

But Merkel said that the United Nations had to be involved in any binding proposition and the U.S. could not come up with a separate proposal. "It is not negotiable for me," she was quoted as saying.

Merkel added she would not engage in "foul compromises."

The German chancellor faces a tough task in trying to achieve concrete goals for emission cuts at a Group of Eight summit on June 6-8, and is expected to meet with Bush for bilateral talks Wednesday.

The meeting begins Wednesday in the coastal resort of Heiligendamm where Merkel will also lead discussions with leaders of Britain, France, Japan, Italy, Russia and Canada on aid to Africa and the world economy.

Comments
Why Trump tries to re-industrialize America
Russians lose faith in their future, get ready for worse
Theatrical posters depicting naked dancers banned in Russian provincial city
Brexit: The UK's misunderstanding of Democracy
Brexit: The UK's misunderstanding of Democracy
Russians lose faith in their future, get ready for worse
USA plays to pretend a mighty dragon that can no longer breathe fire
Putin dislikes the idea of US army bases coming to Kuril Islands
The INF issue
USA plays to pretend a mighty dragon that can no longer breathe fire
USA plays to pretend a mighty dragon that can no longer breathe fire
Russians lose faith in their future, get ready for worse
Russians lose faith in their future, get ready for worse
Brexit: The UK's misunderstanding of Democracy
Brexit: The UK's misunderstanding of Democracy
Macron challenges Trump. French independence and croissants at stake
Macron challenges Trump. French independence and croissants at stake
Brexit: The UK's misunderstanding of Democracy
Putin dislikes the idea of US army bases coming to Kuril Islands
Putin dislikes the idea of US army bases coming to Kuril Islands
Putin dislikes the idea of US army bases coming to Kuril Islands