Germany should pay attention to the strategic role of the Arctic and the importance of this region in the face of climate change, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in Reykjavik after a meeting with the prime ministers of Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Finland and Sweden.
Germany is acting as an observer in the Arctic Forum, and has been mainly involved in research projects. However, Merkel thinks that Germany should keep the strategic role of the Arctic in the future.
Due to climate change, strategic importance of this region will grow, Merkel said.
Chancellor said that the German government was not sufficiently interested in this area, but in the coming weeks it will agree on new principles of policy in relation to the Arctic.
In her opinion, the European Commission should also adopt a single position on the matter.