Merkel expresses disappointment with Trump's decision to withdraw from Paris Agreement

2 June 2017
Chancellor Angela Merkel on 2 June

France, Germany & Italy: Paris Agreement a vital instrument for the planet

Chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed her disappointment with President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the United States of America from the Paris Agreement. In a joint statement, the Heads of State and of Government of France, Germany and Italy said they regretted the withdrawal decision. In their statement, the three countries said the Paris Agreement could not be renegotiated as it was a vital instrument for the planet.

Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said that the withdrawal would harm the United States, Europeans and people of the world, adding that leaving the Paris Agreement was "detrimental to economic growth and to the key life resources of future generations".

Read the joint statement from France, Germany and Italy, as well as the joint press statement from German ministers in full below.

Statement on the United States of America’s announcement to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change

We, the Heads of State and of Government of France, Germany and Italy, take note with regret of the decision by the United States of America to withdraw from the universal agreement on climate change.

The Paris Agreement remains a cornerstone in the cooperation between our countries, for effectively and timely tackling climate change and for implementing the 2030 Agenda sustainable development goals.

We deem the momentum generated in Paris in December 2015 irreversible and we firmly believe that the Paris Agreement cannot be renegotiated, since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economies.

We are convinced that the implementation of the Paris Agreement offers substantial economic opportunities for prosperity and growth in our countries and on a global scale.

We therefore reaffirm our strongest commitment to swiftly implement the Paris Agreement, including its climate finance goals and we encourage all our partners to speed up their action to combat climate change.

We will step up efforts to support developing countries, in particular the poorest and most vulnerable, in achieving their mitigation and adaptation goals.

Joint press statement of German Ministers on the withdrawal of the USA from the Paris Climate Agreement
The United States is doing injury to itself, to us Europeans and to all other peoples of this world. Those who deny climate change and do not combat it will not only have to deal with the consequences of ever more extreme storms, droughts and floods, but this “not with me” strategy also impedes economic growth and technical progress. Saving energy and using free resources such as the sun and the wind would still be a great economic success, even if there were no such thing as climate change. They have created more than 400,000 jobs in Germany alone!

Withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement is detrimental to economic growth – and to the key life resources of future generations.

Withdrawing from the Paris Agreement is also a political mistake, as it undermines legal certainty at international level. The principle of pacta sunt servanda (agreements must be kept) is intended to ensure security and certainty. This is one of the most important practices followed in international politics. “The land of the free and the home of the brave” is acting contrary to its own principles and thereby setting itself against a worldwide consensus.

Our sound climate policy and our intensive international cooperation with other countries to protect the climate have already forged a strong alliance against the isolationist approach of the new US Administration to climate issues. Major nations such as China, Brazil, India and Russia stand shoulder to shoulder with us, as do the many countries which are particularly hard hit by climate change, such as the African states and the small island states. And let’s not forget that even in America there are a crop of federal states, local administrations and companies who have assumed a pioneering role in climate policy. We all support the Paris Agreement.

We will keep the door open to the United States should it wish to accede to the Agreement again at a later date. Let us not be swayed by the short-sightedness of a single party. The international community must stick together. Climate policy is a policy for peace.

Sigmar Gabriel, Federal Foreign Minister

Brigitte Zypries, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy

Heiko Maas, Federal Minster of Justice and Consumer Protection

Andrea Nahles, Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs

Manuela Schwesig, Federal Ministrer for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth

Barbara Hendricks, Federal Minister for the Enviroment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety

Aydan Özoguz, Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration

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