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Will Germans Hold Merkel Responsible For Terror Spree?

Nice, Turkey, Wurzburg, Ansbach. The escalating violence of the last few days raise the pressure on the German Chancellor, whose refugee policy is again in the spotlight. The political repercussions could strike where it matters to her most.

Angela Merkel attends press conference after shootout in Munich.
Angela Merkel attends press conference after shootout in Munich.
Robert Roßmann

BERLIN — Until recently, it had seemed Angela Merkel had turned things around for 2016. The number of new refugees arriving in Germany seemed to be down to a manageable level, and the popularity of her party, the CDU (Christian Democratic Union), was on the rise. Chancellor Merkel seemed to be all set for a relaxing summer break in Southern Tyrol.

But then things went bad very quickly. It began with the July 14 terror attack in Nice, followed quickly by the attempted coup in Turkey, the dictatorial reaction of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to said coup, the axe terrorist of Wurzburg, the killing spree in Munich, the knife attack in Reutlingen and the suicide bomber of Ansbach. There were only 10 days between the terror attacks in Nice and Ansbach. But the events in these days have drastically changed the domestic political situation that Merkel faces.

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The Bogus Concept Of "Carbon-Neutral" Oil

The Colombian president recently said that the country had exported one million barrels of carbon-neutral or offset oil. But in an unregulated carbon market, such a claim is pure greenwashing.

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María Mónica Monsalve Sánchez

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BOGOTÁ - In March this year, various national and corporate leaders met in Houston, Texas, for CERAWeek, an annual conference to discuss the world's energy challenges. Colombia's President Iván Duque took the opportunity to remind participants that his country produced just 0.6% of the world's carbon emissions even as it had raised crude production to one million barrels a day.

He said oil should not be seen as an enemy, since the fight was really against greenhouse gas emissions. He also revealed at the event that the country's national oil firm, Ecopetrol, had sold the Asian market its first million barrels of carbon-neutral or offset crude, consisting of the entire extraction, production and exportation chain.

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