“Germany acts as an observer in the framework of the Arctic Forum. So far, we have mainly been involved in research projects. However, I think that Germany should keep the strategic role of the Arctic in the future, ”Merkel quotes TASS.

Merkel said that the European Commission needs to express a unified position on the attitude of the organization to the Arctic region.

In December 2018, Merkel in her New Year’s address called the issue of climate change crucial, and noted that in the new year, Germany needs to take more responsibility on international issues.