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Climate Change Is Not A Business Model, Mr Trump!
Dear Readers,
In early June, US President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement. Despite all resistance from within the US economy and effectively the rest of the world he acted, as always, like a businessman wanting to save costs. This time, however, it is the global climate which is at stake, not least because the US, along with China, is one of the countries with the highest CO2 emissions and is therefore ultimately also endangering its own natural environment. Thanks to Trump, the US has now removed itself from climate change policy, which is especially notable when one considers that even North Korea has agreed to the ambitious climate goals. It is also sad, as it is precisely organisations from North America, such as Greenpeace, who have been pivotal in changing the way climate change has been perceived since the 1970s. In our cover interview this time we are introducing Vietnam, a country whose economic development since the mid-1980s has been surprisingly fast with the help of its “Doi Moi Policy”. In the interview, Ambassador H.E. Xuan Hung Doan gives an account of the investment opportunities in Vietnam, its new deal with the EU and his country’s role as chair of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) at the G20 summit in Hamburg. Vietnam is furthermore represented with its own “Country Special” in this magazine.

In addition, this issue includes interviews with the President of Madagascar Hery Rajaonarimampianina and the Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze during their present state visits in Germany. We also take a backward glance at the Fukushima catastrophe. I hope you enjoy this issue!

Dr. Irene Ernst
Editor and Publisher
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