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Germany: Scholz aims for climate neutrality “in less than 25 years”

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Chancellor Olaf Scholz gave his inaugural New Year’s Eve address on Friday from the Federal Chancellery in Berlin.

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SOT, Olaf Scholz, Chancellor of Germany (German): “Today is the end of a year that has brought about some changes. One small change: Tonight, as your federal chancellor, I am giving you the New Years address. The smooth, sometimes almost amicable transition from the old federal government to the new has met with great approval all over the world. It is a good sign of the strength of our society.”

SOT, Olaf Scholz, Chancellor of Germany (German): “Some complain these days that our society is ‘divided.’ I would like to say here with all clarity, the opposite is true. Our country stands together. What I notice everywhere, that is a huge solidarity, that is an overwhelming willingness to help, that is a new moving closer together.”

SOT, Olaf Scholz, Chancellor of Germany (German): “Of course, we also experience different opinions and assessments in our daily interaction. Especially on the subject of Corona. That is often exhausting. But a strong community can withstand contradictions – if we listen to one another. And if we have respect for one another.”

SOT, Olaf Scholz, Chancellor of Germany (German): “We are thus supporting the work of the nurses, the doctors, who will also be on duty tonight. Dear fellow citizens, I would also like to thank you personally for making an effort to abide by the applicable rules. One thing is clear, the next days and weeks will still be dominated by corona. The virus has changed. A new variant is spreading rapidly. You heard its name, Omicron.”

SOT, Olaf Scholz, Chancellor of Germany (German): “We know that those who have not yet been vaccinated are particularly at risk of becoming infected and suffering from the disease for a long time and severely. I therefore appeal once again to you: get vaccinated. I know that some people are sceptical. Worries, vaccination could have negative consequences. However, almost four billion people around the world are now vaccinated, without major side effects. And innumerable people who have been vaccinated have become parents to healthy babies. The benefits of vaccination are really great. The new virus variant in particular should now be the decisive factor in getting vaccinated. This is the way out of this pandemic.”

SOT, Olaf Scholz, Chancellor of Germany (German): “Now it depends on speed. We have to be faster than the virus. We have had more than 30 million vaccinations in Germany since mid-November. More than in any other country in the European Union. It’s good. But we want to get even better. We want to have another 30 million vaccinations by the end of January. So that we are armed against Omicron. Let’s do everything together – but really everything – so that we can finally defeat corona in the new year.”

SOT, Olaf Scholz, Chancellor of Germany (German): “Germany should be climate neutral in less than 25 years. To do this, we will advance the biggest restructuring of our economy in more than 100 years. During this period we will make ourselves independent of coal, oil and gas. And at the same time generate at least twice as much electricity as today from wind, sun and other renewable energies. A gigantic task. So that we can cope with them, we are making massive investments. In new power grids, in charging stations for electric cars, in wind turbines, in rails and much more. That creates new prosperity and good jobs. As a modern industrial country, we will achieve our climate goals. And our technologies are still among the best in the world.”

SOT, Olaf Scholz, Chancellor of Germany (German): “International cooperation is important. In a world that will soon be home to 10 billion people, our voices will only be heard if we perform in a choir with many others. That is why we continue to work on the success of the European Union. Our goal is a sovereign, strong Europe. A Europe that lives according to its common values of peace, the rule of law and democracy.”

SOT, Olaf Scholz, Chancellor of Germany (German): “We are at the beginning of a new decade. We are setting out into a new time. A time that will be good if we actively shape it. Because it makes a difference that we resolutely take our fate into our own hands. I wish you all the best for the New Year. Especially health. My big wish for 2022: let’s stay together.”

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