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New German foreign minister renews EU, NATO commitments on first trip

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Germany’s new foreign minister, Annalena Baerbock, used her first trip in office to reaffirm Berlin’s commitment to European unity and Franco-German friendship on Thursday. Europe is the “linchpin of German foreign policy,” the Green party politician said alongside her French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian during her inaugural visit to Paris. “For this, a strong Europe needs a strong Franco-German impetus.” Despite the warm tones, environmentalist Baerbock also warned France that Berlin would continue to oppose French plans to categorize electricity generated by nuclear power as “green energy….

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