Climate change threatens small island nations in the Pacific, including Palau. Annalena Baerbock paid a visit to the island state. She wanted to remind that her foreign policy actually has a different focus: the climate crisis.

So that’s it, the endangered South Seas paradise. After a half-hour trip across the sea in a small speedboat, it’s there. Rock Island, a 40-kilometer archipelago in the center of the Pacific island nation of Palau. Mushroom-shaped, wooded, rocky islands surrounded by clear blue waters and sun-yellow beaches that gradually shrink.