Splits on Russia in German left risk undermining Merkel, uk.reuters.com

Germany’s decision to expel Russian diplomats has split the Social Democrats (SPD), Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition partner, undermining her tough stance on Moscow just two weeks into a new government.

Berlin is sending four diplomats back to Russia, joining other European states, the United States and others in a concerted response to a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in England which Britain blames on Russia. Moscow denies any involvement.

“We must do everything possible to prevent a new Cold War with Russia,” Social Democrat Gernot Erler, government coordinator for Russia, told the Passauer Neue Presse.

He said Germany had a clear and unshakeable position, “but we want to stay in dialogue with Moscow”. Läs artikel

Se även artikeln i tysk press.