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Merkel's Chief of Staff Says EU to Join China, India on Climate

  • U.S. decision to exit Paris accord ‘major setback’: Altmaier
  • Chief says Trump’s treaty exit will put U.S. back ‘decades’
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What the U.S. Departure Means for the Paris Agreement

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff, Peter Altmaier, said Europe will move forward with countries such as China and India after the U.S. pulled out of the Paris climate treaty.

“The U.S. exit from the climate accord is a major setback,” Altmaier wrote in a guest op-ed in Bild am Sonntag newspaper published on Sunday. “Even in the U.S., people are sad and angry, because they recognize that their country’s exit is the costliest option and will be a setback of decades.”