earlier, US President Barack Obama has called for a gig in Cologne, a stronger commitment against climate change and the Engagement of young people is highlighted. “Climate change is nothing to what takes place in 50 years, it is happening right now,” Obama said on Thursday evening in front of more than 14,000 people in the Cologne Lanxess-Arena.

There were more forest fires, more heat waves and more Flooding, said Obama during a one-hour Interviews with the so-called World Leadership Summit in Cologne, Germany. The fight against the climate warming not me, could not “be left to old people”.

The United States did, under Obama’s successor Donald Trump out of the Paris climate agreement. Obama said he would be with the agreement not to be satisfied, if the US had not dropped out. In the agreement formulated goals were not ambitious enough. In the fight against climate change while there is “slow progress,” Obama said. Needed bigger steps are but “”.

On Friday, it goes to Merkel

questions about the current US policy of Obama, it was during the interview. In the center of the Cologne-based event was on questions such as “Can change individual people in the world?” or “Who has, in times of change the way?”.

After his short stay in Cologne, Obama will travel on Friday to Berlin, where Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU), the former US President in the afternoon for a confidential conversation in the Chancellery. want to receive.

the German relationship with the United States cooled

Obama had worked together in his tenure as US President (2009 to 2017) closely with Merkel. Since the inaugural of his successor, Trump, the German-American relationship cooled significantly. This is likely one of the topics at the meeting on Friday.

On Saturday, Obama met in the capital with hundreds of young Europeans. With his young interlocutors, the former US wants to talk to the President about leadership responsibility in a community and civic Engagement, as the Obama Foundation announced in advance.

tis / AFP