Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff listen to the Brazilian national anthem before a meeting at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, August 20, 2015. REUTERS/Adriano Machado
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel described Brazil and its vast Amazon jungle Thursday as the "key" to controlling world climate change.Merkel was on a less-than-24-hour visit to Brazil that was focused on environmental issues, for which she said the biggest country and economy in Latin America bears a special responsibility.German government sources said that 550 million euros are being made available to Brazil to help its anti-deforestation and energy efficiency programs over the next two years.Merkel was looking for something in return from Brazil, a huge emerging market which currently faces deepening economic problems but which is still seen by many as an important long-term trading partner.The Brazilian foreign ministry says that one of Merkel's main objectives was for German investors to take part in Rousseff's plan for $64 billion worth of infrastructure projects, launched earlier this year.
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