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Candidates to succeed Merkel clash on Nord Stream 2 pipeline

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By Paul Carrel BERLIN (Reuters) – The conservative and Greens candidates to succeed German Chancellor Angela Merkel after September’s federal election clashed on Thursday on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia, and on whether Germany should host U.S nuclear weapons. In their first debate, focused on foreign and security policy, Armin Laschet, from Merkel’s conservative alliance, welcomed a decision by the U.S. administration this week to waive sanctions on Nord Stream 2 AG and its chief executive. Gazprom and its Western partners are racing to finish the pipeline to send natural gas und…

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