Merkel to address climate talks amid calls for coal exit

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Merkel to address climate talks amid calls for coal exit
Merkel to address climate talks amid calls for coal exit

BONN, Germany (AP) – World leaders arrive at the global climate talks in Germany on Wednesday to give the negotiations a boost going into the final stretch.

Attention will focus in particular on German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who faces growing pressure to announce a firm deadline for ending her country’s use of coal.

Environmental campaigners and poor countries say Merkel should use the event on home turf to signal Germany will phase out the heavily polluting fossil fuel by 2030.

But the timing is difficult for Merkel. After speaking at the climate talks in Bonn she flies back to Berlin for negotiations on forming a new government that would include a pro-business party, the Free Democrats, which opposes a coal deadline.

Also speaking Wednesday are U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and French President Emmanuel Macron.

FILE – In this April 3, 2014 file photo giant machines dig for brown coal at the open-cast mining Garzweiler in front of a power plant near the city of Grevenbroich in western Germany. World leaders arrive at the global climate talks in Germany on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 to give the negotiations a boost going into the final stretch.. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)
FILE – In this March 14, 2014 file photo a layer of smog covers the city of Brussels. World leaders arrive at the global climate talks in Germany on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 to give the negotiations a boost going into the final stretch. AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, file)
FILE – In this Jan 4, 2017 file photo a traffic warden wearing a protection mask walks on a street near Tiananmen Square in Beijing as the capital of China is blanketed by heavy smog. World leaders arrive at the global climate talks in Germany on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 to give the negotiations a boost going into the final stretch. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, file)
1,200 candles are placed by environmental activists, in front of a building close to the German federal parliament, a where German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other politicians meet for exploratory talks on a coalition between the German Christian Democratic Union Party (CDU), the Christian Social Union Party (CSU), the German Free Democratic Party, FDP, and the Green Party in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
The Generali balloon, which measures air quality flies behind the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. The COP 23 Fiji UN Climate Change Conference is taking place in Bonn, Germany. The US is participating in the talks, but experts say the U.S. position and President Donald Trump’s comments could weaken efforts to curb global warming.(AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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