German conservative says new government has not clear on Belarus

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German conservative says new government has not clear on Belarus

BRUSSELS, Nov 25, Reuters - The new German ruling coalition has not been clear about its standoff with Belarus over migrants who have made their way to the country's border with the EU, according to a senior German conservative member of the bloc's parliament.

Manfred Weber, head of the centre-right EPP grouping in the European Parliament, told reporters on Thursday that the coalition agreement is quite vague having in mind the Belarusian situation.

He said that he missed a clear message that you can't blackmail the European Union, that all of these attacks against the European border will be stopped and that the German government is supporting this.

Weber said that the government taking over from Chancellor Angela Merkel is poised to take an overall approach to continuity for the EU, and that there are clear positions on China, Russia and the rule of law in eastern European member states.

He said that the new government should work with French President Emmanuel Macron to give more momentum to the goal of a EU defence union, and he wanted to see more commitment from Berlin to cooperation and trade with the United States.