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Die Welt, June 9, 2015
"G7 agrees to ambitious climate goals," reads the front page of German dailyÂ Die Welt"s Tuesday edition.
The Group of SevenÂ talks have ended in the German mountainÂ resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen with a photo op worthy of the Sound of Music (which was filmed in the nearby Austrian Alps).Â
The scenic surroundings blended well with the progressÂ the Group made on climate change,Â a priority in light of the upcomingÂ COP21 climate negotiations in Paris. Â While no member countries committedÂ to specific actions, the Group announced a goal of keeping overallÂ climate warming from passingÂ 2 degrees Celsius. The group also announced a long-term goalÂ of eliminating fossil fuel emissions completely by the end of thisÂ century.Â
The conflict inÂ Ukraine remained aÂ major issueÂ for the G7 —Â which was the G8Â before expelling Russia over Putin's annexation of Crimea in 2014. Â German Chancellor Angela Merkel announcedÂ that all seven members were committed to keeping sanctions on Russia in place until a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine is reached. Â
ABOUT THE SOURCE:Â Die Welt ("The World")Â is a German daily founded in Hamburg in 1946, and currently owned by the Axel Springer AG company, Europe's largest publishing house. Now based in Berlin, Die Welt is sold in more than 130 countries.