German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been behind the weekly student demonstrations calling for more climate protection.

“I students for climate protection support very that on the street and fight for it,” said podcast, the CDU-politician in her on Saturday released a video. “I believe that this is a very good Initiative.” The climate protection goals are only achievable if there is a restraint in the society.

model: The Swedish activist Greta Thunberg

pupils and students in Germany and around the world demonstrate, in the meantime, every Friday under the slogan “Friday forfuture following the example of the young Swedish activist, Greta Thunberg. Thunberg took part this week in a protest March with several thousand participants in Hamburg. “Politicians and people in Power are already doing it for a long time, nothing to combat the climate crisis,” she said. “We are not sure that you can get away with it any longer.”

The Engagement has triggered a debate on compulsory education. Merkel’s party colleague, the Federal Minister of education, Anja Karliczek (CDU) insisted last updated on compliance. Environment Minister Svenja Schulze (SPD) defended the Demos, not stressed, referring to the compulsory education but also the permanently feasible. Hamburg school Senator Ties Rabe (SPD) was blind to the for this time, an eye, and insisted, in principle, but also on the school visit. “Otherwise, every day is in the future, for any reason, the school – problems and occasions, there is enough in the world.”

Demos during school time? Not all politicians find the good

The Deputy FDP Chairman: Katja Suding wrote in a guest post for the “NordWest-Zeitung”, you respect the commitment though. “It plays an important role in the Form in which it is engaged politically. In Germany, school attendance is mandatory; for all, and regardless of the political setting.” The young people should better go in their spare time on the road.

Minister of justice Katarina Barley (SPD) praised the protesters, however, expressly. “The young people demonstrating for the protection of the climate and so involved, is great. This is not clears up with the prejudice that young people would be active enough and not politically involved,” she said of the “Passauer Neue Presse”. “These protests, in which students Friday for Friday for their future on the road, earning high respect: Those young people we want.” She pleaded for the right to vote from 16, instead of 18 years.

coal exit remains a topic

In the case of Merkel persuaded the protesters to understanding for the duration of the political process. “I know that the students want things faster, for example, the phase-out of coal,” she said. As head of government they would like to remind you that much is to bear in mind. “We need to reconcile jobs and economic strength on the one hand with the objectives of climate protection.”

The coal Commission had presented a concept for a Coal phase-out. The implementation of the policy. “We decided to 2038 to plan and manage predictable, the Coal phase-out in Germany,” said Merkel. “That seems to be from the perspective of the students, perhaps for a very long time, but it is very and I, to understand this, too.”

she / dpa