EURACTIV gives you a glimpse into the hot topics of this year’s Munich Security Conference and what is driving the conversation on foreign, defence and security policy. Day 2 in a nutshell. A touch of legacy. In what could be one of her last speeches at the annual security gathering, German Chancellor Angela Merkel avoided hidden messages and technocratic speak. Instead, she launched an unexpectedly emotional plea for multilateralism, which received standing ovations. However, as Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports, one person remained seated: Ivanka Trump. In her speech, Merkel called on China to participate in disarmament and criticised the US for possible punitive tariffs on German cars. Russia, on the other hand, got off surprisingly lightly. Merkel took a shot at President Trump and other critics of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, who argue that Gazprom’s project would only increase Europe’s dependency on Russian energy. Although she assured Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko of her commitment to continue the use of Ukrainian pipelines, she said that “a molecule of Russian gas is a molecule of Russian gas,” no matter which pipe is used in the end. Iran tensions. US Vice President Mike Pence urged European allies once again to follow Washington’s… Read full this story
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