States can't hide behind EU on climate change - German foreign minister

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock speaks during a news conference with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Grossi (not pictured), at the Foreign Ministry in Berlin, Germany November 15, 2022. REUTERS/Michele Tantussi

BERLIN, Nov 18 (Reuters) - Countries cannot hide behind the European Union when it comes to combating climate change, Germany's foreign minister said on Friday, as negotiations for a final deal at the COP27 climate summit went into extra time.

This year's conference has been dominated by the issue of "loss and damage", which has long divided developed and developing nations.

In the early hours of Friday, the European Union proposed a special fund to support vulnerable countries suffering catastrophic climate events.

"Only states that really need it should profit and not those who are only developing countries on paper," Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said of the proposal.

Reporting by Rachel More, Editing by Miranda Murray

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