Government meeting: Scholz wants to found a climate club

BAt the start of the first cabinet meeting of the traffic light coalition, undescancer Olaf Scholz (SPD) reaffirmed his goals for the German G-7 presidency that has been in place since the turn of the year. It is about the question of an international climate club. The best way to stop climate change is if the democratic industrialized countries “promote such a development”.

“That requires us to be faster,” said the Chancellor. This also applies to the expansion of renewable energies, for example through wind turbines. “We have to speed things up,” he added, referring to the permitting process. The acceleration of planning processes for central future projects is a main topic of the closed conference in the Chancellery. “We believe that this will enable a new start for our country, and we also believe that it is necessary,” said Scholz. The government wants “to get this country moving.”

The second major topic of the retreat is the German presidency in the G-7 group of leading democratic economic powers. Germany took over the presidency from Great Britain on January 1st. The highlight of the one-year presidency will be a summit meeting chaired by Scholz from June 26 to 28, 2022 at Schloss Elmau in the Bavarian Alps. The focus will be on climate protection, fighting pandemics and strengthening international cooperation and democracies worldwide.

The weekly cabinet meeting also takes place on Friday. According to Scholz, the current challenges of the corona pandemic and the “very difficult situation for Ukraine and the question of security and peace in Europe” will also be discussed.

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