• Germany's news in English

Merkel 'nervous' climate talks could fail

AFP · 15 Dec 2009, 17:58

Published: 15 Dec 2009 17:58 GMT+01:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

"We know that time is running out," Merkel told reporters after talks with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Berlin.

"I will not hide the fact that I am somewhat nervous whether we will manage to achieve everything," she said when asked about her hopes for an agreement on limiting greenhouse gas emissions and parameters for slowing global warming.

Merkel urged developed and developing nations to make a "constructive contribution" to a deal, and renewed her calls for an international environmental agency and "binding" oversight of any pact in Copenhagen.

The summit, which reaches its climax Friday when 120 heads of state huddle in the Danish capital, aims to agree an outline deal of national pledges to curb carbon emissions and set up a mechanism to provide billions of dollars in help for poor countries in the firing line of climate change. But deep divisions remain over how to split the tab.

Indonesia hosted climate change talks on Bali island in 2007 and has been a key advocate for ambitious plans to help avert climate change by paying countries to conserve carbon-absorbing forests. But the country is also the third biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, after China and the United States - 80 percent of its emissions are the result of deforestation.

Earlier, Merkel met representatives from eight Pacific island nations, many of which are among the hardest hit by climate change.

Story continues below…

The envoys "pressed for that reason for an ambitious result of the Copenhagen summit and for ambitious climate goals in future," the German government said in a statement.

Merkel told the group that Germany would press for an agreement that limited global warming to 2.0 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-industrial times in a bid to stave off an environmental catastrophe.

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

20:40 December 15, 2009 by Henckel
I hope the climate talks do fail. The recently leaked e-mails show that the whole issue of climate change is a massive confidence game.
03:09 December 16, 2009 by Mike Kohler
There is no way this wealth distribution fraud will go through. They don't have the blessing of the REAL weathermaker, if you know what I mean.
11:06 December 16, 2009 by Abaddon

I wasn't aware that the Sun responded to human desires.
19:52 December 16, 2009 by Henckel
Abaddon, that's the whole point. The Sun will do what it will, regardless of what humans want. To put it another way, "Time and tide wait for no man..." -- and neither does the Sun!
Today's headlines
Ex-chancellor Schröder to mediate in supermarket row
Gerhard Schröder. Photo: DPA

Can Gerhard Schröder bring an end to the Kaiser's Tengelmann saga?

Outrage over ruling on 'brutal' gang rape of teen girl
The now convicted suspects, sitting in court in Hamburg. Photo: DPA.

A 14-year-old girl was gang-raped and left partially clothed and unconscious in freezing temperatures. Now prosecutors are appealing the sentences for the young men found guilty, most of whom will not set foot in jail.

Dozens of Turkish diplomats apply for asylum in Germany
Demonstrators holding a giant Turkish flag protest against the attempted coup in Istanbul in July. Photo: DPA.

Since the failed putsch attempt in Turkey in July, Germany has received 35 asylum applications from people with Turkish diplomatic passports, the Interior Ministry confirmed on Wednesday.

Hertha Berlin fan club criticised for 'anti-gay banner'
Hertha BSC beat FC Cologne 2-1. Photo: DPA

A 50 metre fan banner apparently mocking the idea of gay adoption has overshadowed Hertha BSC's win in the Bundesliga.

Germany stalls Chinese takeover of tech firm Aixtron
Aixtron headquarters in Herzogenrath. Photo: DPA

The German government on Monday said it had withdrawn approval for a Chinese firm to acquire Aixtron, a supplier to the semiconductor industry, amid growing unease over Chinese investment in German companies.

Politicians call for tough sentences for 'killer clowns'
File photo: DPA.

Now that the so-called 'killer clown' craze has spread from the US to Germany, elected officials are drawing a hard line against such "pranks", with some threatening offenders with jail time of up to a year.

Nearly one in ten Germans are severely disabled
Photo: DPA

New figures reveal that 9.3 percent of the German population last year were considered severely disabled.

The Local List
Germany's top 10 most surreal sites to visit
The Upside-Down House, in Mecklenburg–Western Pomerania. Photo: Olaf Meister / Wikimedia Commons

From upside-down houses on Baltic islands to a fairy-tale castle near the Austrian border, Germany is a treasure trove of the extraordinary.

Bavarian critics back Merkel for Chancellor again
Photo: DPA

The Christian Social Union (CSU) have long delayed backing Angela Merkel as their candidate for Chancellor in next year's general election. But now key leaders are supporting her publicly.

Four taken to hospital after hotel toilet bursts into flames
File photo: DPA.

Four guests at a Nuremberg hotel were taken to hospital due to smoke inhalation early Monday morning after a toilet there burst into flames.

10 things you never knew about socialist East Germany
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
How Germans fell in love with America's favourite squash
How I ditched London for Berlin and became a published author
12 clever German idioms that'll make you sound like a pro
23 fascinating facts you never knew about Berlin
9 unmissable events to check out in Germany this October
10 things you never knew about German reunification
10 things you're sure to notice after an Oktoberfest visit
Germany's 10 most Instagram-able places
15 pics that prove Germany is absolutely enchanting in autumn
10 German films you have to watch before you die
6 things about Munich that’ll stay with you forever
10 pieces of German slang you'll never learn in class
Ouch! Naked swimmer hospitalized after angler hooks his penis
Six reasons why Berlin is now known as 'the failed city'
15 tell-tale signs you’ll never quite master German
7 American habits that make Germans very, very uncomfortable
Story of a fugitive cow who outwitted police for weeks before capture
Eleven famous Germans with surnames that'll make your sides split
The best ways to get a visa as an American in Germany
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd