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Germany reiterated support on Monday for EU law making all airlines pay for carbon emissions, underlining the bloc’s determination not to bow to international pressure to scrap the scheme.

The European Union’s requirement that all airlines buy carbon allowances to offset flights that use EU airports has stirred threats of a trade war, with the potential to disrupt global air traffic.

The European Commission has said it is willing to engage in dialogue, but is only willing to modify its law if the U.N.’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) can come up with an effective global scheme to curb rising levels of aviation emissions.

Following media reports that Berlin had expressed doubts about the EU law in response to warnings of retaliation from nations including China and Russia, Germany said it fully backed the EU’s aviation stance.

Reuters, 5 March 2012

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