Merkel speaks in favour of increasing EU’s 2030 climate target to 55%

(EurActiv, 23 Aug 2019) German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte have announced they would collaborate to strengthen climate protection at EU level, following a meeting on Thursday (22 July). Could this be Merkel’s comeback as the ‘climate Chancellor’? EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

On Thursday (22 August), she and several of her ministers came to The Hague to meet with the Dutch government. At the meeting, Merkel and Rutte announced their collaboration in strengthening climate protection at EU level.

The German chancellor also stated that she favours a 55% reduction in greenhouse gases in the European Union by 2030.

This is quite a spectacular announcement, given that the EU has only decided on a 40% reduction so far. EU member states from the eastern bloc are very sceptical about new targets, and just a few months ago, Merkel herself had shown restraint.

However, the ‘winds have changed’, not only in Germany and not only because of the Fridays for Future movement.

It appears that Merkel is making a comeback as ‘climate Chancellor’ and is looking for support from European partners like the Netherlands.

On 20 September, Germany’s ‘climate cabinet’ will make key decisions so that it can achieve its own goal by 2030.

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EurActiv, 23 Aug 2019: Merkel speaks in favour of increasing EU’s 2030 climate target to 55%