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Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor, firmly believes that the EU should be the leaders of the fight against climate change. That's why she's asked Germany's fellow members in the EU to accomplish their Kyoto Treat figures. A different policy would cause Europeans to lose their legitimacy as eco-leaders, she said.

One of prime factors that has led to the development of cars with excellent high speed capabilities from German car-makers is the presence of the autobahn. In particular, the long stretches of smooth inter-urban pavement that have no posted speed limit have inspired the likes of BMW's M-series cars and the Mercedes-Benz AMG models. Of course those unlimited zones are far from universal and as soon as you approach major cities like Frankfurt and Cologne the limits are posted at speeds of 100-130