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German chancellor candidate opposes Greens’ climate ministry plan

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Armin Laschet, the conservative contender to succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel after elections in September, has rejected the Greens’ demand for a climate ministry with veto powers – a key plank of their election platform. “We want to turn Germany into a climate-neutral industrial country. That also includes social and economic issues. Climate protection is the chancellor’s job,” the head of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) told the Rheinische Post newspaper. “All Cabinet members must participate in that and a future government does not need veto, but turbo,” he added, noting that smart cli…

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