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Climate center on itinerary for sightseeing G20 spouses

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By Agence France-Presse

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s scientist-husband will take leaders’ spouses at a G20 summit, including Melania Trump, to a climate research center amid a bitter row over global warming.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's husband Joachim Sauer (R), a quantum chemist, has insisted that his sightseeing tour for leaders' spouses at the G20 summit includes a climate research center | AFP | MANILA BULLETIN

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s husband Joachim Sauer (R), a quantum chemist, has insisted that his sightseeing tour for leaders’ spouses at the G20 summit includes a climate research center (AFP | MANILA BULLETIN)

Joachim Sauer, who usually shuns publicity, will take the visiting dignitaries sightseeing through Hamburg on a river cruise and to the spectacular new Elbphilharmonie concert house.

But the quantum chemist has also insisted they stop off at the German Climate Computing Center — an itinerary point sure to put the spotlight on the US First Lady after President Donald Trump in June pulled out of the 2015 Paris climate accord.

The leaders’ wives — Sauer is the only husband as British Prime Minister Theresa May’s spouse won’t be coming to Hamburg — will also take in views of Germany’s “Gateway to the World” city on a cruise tour of the country’s biggest port, in whose harbor-front bars the Beatles started their rise to fame.

The G20 spouses’ tour also includes Hamburg’s neo-Renaissance town hall, an imposing building dating from the late 1800s, which boasts almost as many rooms as Britain’s Buckingham Palace.

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