Financial Times, May 25, 2007
Political tensions between the US and Germany over climate change have worsened sharply, with Washington threatening to no longer "tread lightly" in negotiations on global warming ahead of the Group of Eight rich nations' summit next month.
The statement, written in red ink and obtained by the Financial Times, says: "We have tried to 'tread lightly' but there is only so far we can go given our fundamental opposition to the German position."
Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, would like the summit to agree limits on carbon emissions but the
It adds: "The majority of our comments on the previous draft have not been addressed and some new, problematic text has been added."
The statement and draft communiqué are dated May 14, according to a person familiar the documents.
Diplomats said the
The strains in German-US relations ahead of the June 6-8 summit, to be attended by US President George W. Bush, are also likely to make it tougher for Ms Merkel to achieve progress in other sensitive fields, such as the stalled world trade talks.
German officials involved in this week's G8 talks held in Heiligendamm, the luxury resort that will host the summit declined to comment. The White House also refused to comment on the "specific language" disagreements in the climate change draft negotiations with the German government and said the important thing to judge was the final communiqué at the summit next month.
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