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08:39  22 july  2021
08:39  22 july  2021 Source:   rp-online.de

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Berlin. The last G7 summit, the last European Council, the last government statement in the Bundestag - after 16 years in the Chancellery Angela Merkel takes piece by farewell to the politics. This Thursday is another last time appointment.

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Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) comes on Thursday at 11am to the Federal Press Conference and faces the questions of the capital journalists. It is expected to be your last appearance of this kind. As usual, it will answer questions about all areas of domestic and foreign policy on this opportunity. This year, the situation in the flood areas, the Corona pandemic and the agreement just reached with the USA for the controversial Baltic Sea gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 will become central themes.

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The Federal Chancellor is traditionally at the beginning or at the end of the summer break in the Federal Press Conference and is there in detail there and answer. Last year she came after her vacation at the end of August. The central theme was the further course in the Corona crisis. This time, this time, the flood disaster, especially in the west of Germany, be replaced. However, some answers sound that Merkel has given a year ago to the pandemic, continue to be highly topical.

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Flood After the devastating flood, Merkel visited particularly affected regions in Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia, giving his own impression of the damage and promised rapid assistance. "We will put together everything that the money comes quickly to the people who often have nothing more than what they carry at the body," said the CDU politician in Bad Münstereifel on Tuesday.

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On Wednesday, the Federal Cabinet immediately decided from initially 200 million euros, which can still be increased as needed. Because the federal government wants to co-fund every sum that the countries pay as immediate aid at the same height. In addition, there should be a reconstruction program for which billions are estimated.

Corona The flood disaster has pushed the Corona pandemic a bit into the background in recent days, although the development is worrying. The seven-day incidence has been steadily increasing for more than two weeks. Finally, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) from Thursday morning at 12.2 - at the latest low on July 6, she was still 4.9.

"You have to expect that somewhat is even more difficult in the next few months than in summer," said Merkel in August last year. The fearing health expert now again. And he also sounds almost a year old sentence of Chancellor, as if he were of today: "It remains: it's serious, unchanged seriously - and continue to take it seriously."

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Nord Stream 2 through the almost finished pipeline should Gas from Russia flowing directly to Germany - past Ukraine through which the existing pipeline is running. The US see the project as a "bad deal" because it reinforces the dependence of Europe from Russian energy. They also fear that Russia will use the pipeline as a pressure medium against Ukraine. When the Chancellor met in the past week in Washington with US President Joe Biden, controversy was not yet cleared.

On Tuesday a breakthrough was achieved, Germany and the US published a joint explanation. Thus, the two countries want to support Ukraine building up a "green energy sector" and are used to secure the gas transit through Ukraine in the next decade. Furthermore, it says: Should Russia try to use "energy as a weapon", or to commit more aggressive actions against Ukraine, Germany will act at national level and urging in the European Union on effective measures including sanctions. Merkel had emphasized in Washington: "Our understanding was and is and remains that Ukraine Transitland remains for natural gas."

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