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Merkel promises greater post-flood focus on ‘climate protection’ – POLITICO

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday promised a greater government focus on protecting the climate after deadly floods that have devastated parts of Germany and neighboring countries.

“The German language hardly knows words to describe this devastation,” Merkel said during a visit to flood-affected areas in the western state of Rhineland-Palatinate. “We have to hurry to fight climate change.”

At a press conference in the severely damaged city of Schuld, Merkel said her government “will counter this natural disaster in the short term, but also in the medium and long term: we will make sure to focus our policy making more.” on climate protection we’ve had in recent years. “

“This is clearly very necessary.”

Climate scientists have long warned that such extreme weather events would increasingly affect Europe as the world warms. The recent floods have claimed the lives of more than 180 people in Germany and Belgium. Other flash floods hit southern Germany on Sunday, especially in Bavaria. Berchtesgadener Land district.

Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said the photo in the Sunday newspaper wants to provide 300 million euros in emergency aid and put “billions of euros” into a reconstruction program to repair “destroyed houses, roads and bridges”.

Merkel confirmed at Sunday’s press conference that her government would approve an aid program on Wednesday.

“We see the violence that nature can exert in torrential floods,” he added. “Anyway, we see the strong will of the people who have survived.”

Merkel added that she will return to the region in August “so that we can show them that we are in this for the long term.”

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