Talking Europe

Germany's vice chancellor refuses to rule out sanctions on Russia over Navalny poisoning


Olaf Scholz, vice chancellor and finance minister of Germany, speaks to FRANCE 24 amid growing tensions with Russia over the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. Angela Merkel's deputy repeats a call for the Russian government to answer questions about how the opposition politician was poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok while on Russian soil. Scholz also refuses to rule out sanctions against Russia, as Germany consults with EU and NATO partners about how to respond to the poisoning.


Speaking to FRANCE 24 just days after extremists including neo-Nazis tried to storm the German parliament building, the Reichstag, we ask Scholz whether the government has the situation under control and what this means for Germany's coronavirus response. 

We also discuss the €750 billion EU Covid-19 recovery plan, and the likelihood of a no-deal Brexit on January 1, 2021.

Produced by Mathilde Bénézet, Isabelle Romero and Céline Schmitt

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