Is Germany nonetheless our ally? – Marginal REVOLUTION

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Armin Laschet, the newly elected chief of Germany’s Christian Democrats, is coming underneath mounting scrutiny over statements he has made prior to now defending Russian president Vladimir Putin and the Assad regime in Syria. Mr Laschet, prime minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, beat rival Friedrich Merz in a digital management election on Saturday. He’s seen as representing continuity with Angela Merkel’s average insurance policies. However prior to now Mr Laschet, who has sturdy possibilities of succeeding Ms Merkel as chancellor after September’s Bundestag elections, has expressed views on Russia and Syria that put him exterior the CDU mainstream and which have now come again to hang-out him…

Mr Laschet in a Twitter message [had] stated there was an absence of proof to show that Russia was behind the novichok assault on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury in 2018.

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This can be a troublesome one for Biden.

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