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.
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.