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Germany’s flood crisis pushes climate change to election centre stage

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The deadly floods that have engulfed large parts of western Germany this week have propelled climate change to the centre stage of the nation’s September election campaign. German party leaders across the political spectrum have seized on the floods, the days of torrential rain and a recent bout of high temperatures to call on the nation to face up to the challenges of global warming. Armin Laschet, the current conservative frontrunner seeking to succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel in the September 26 election, blamed global warming for the unprecedented flooding and torrential rainfall. Laschet,…

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