Photo Gallery: Germany's Stance on Climate Change 11/28/2011
 German Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen of the conservative Christian...
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German Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen of the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party. "The great crises of our time arise from a mindset and a political approach that knows no tomorrow," Röttgen said in a SPIEGEL interview. "Countries and financial markets live on borrowed money, the world's social systems -- even in Germany -- are not sufficiently sustainable, and we derive our prosperity from resources that should actually be available to future generations."