CABLECODE# 09BERLIN1403
2009-11-05
Scenesetter For Secretary Clinton’s Visit To Berlin
Key point: German officials want strong U.S. leadership going into Copenhagen. Want a unified US/EU position towards the major emerging economies, particularly China and India, to urge them to commit to ambitious national actions. But Germans recognize the challenge of passing climate change legislation in the U.S. and have lowered their expectations for the possibility of reaching a legally binding agreement at Copenhagen – now seen as one step in a larger process – “may be preparing the German public for a less ambitious outcome.”

Peter Fray

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